A Tenant’s Guide – How to Combat Condensation
In the winter, we’re guaranteed a few things.
It’ll be raining when we least want it to.
A local postie will still be wearing shorts, no matter how cold it is.
And condensation will appear at some point – often in our homes.
While you can’t do anything about the weather (or the postie’s clothing choices), you can take some simple steps to combat condensation.
We’ve come up with seven quick fixes that can dramatically reduce the risk of condensation, ensuring your home stays fresh and clean.
- Consider using portable dehumidifiers, particularly in high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. These handy devices can significantly lower moisture levels, creating less chance of condensation.
- Another daily habit to adopt is wiping down your windows each morning. This simple action removes condensation and prevents mould growth on windowsills – a common problem in many homes.
- Proper ventilation is key. Make it a routine to open your windows for at least 15 minutes daily. This practice allows fresh air to circulate throughout your home, reducing moisture and improving air quality.
- Maintaining a consistently warm indoor temperature is also crucial to prevent the cold surfaces that condensation loves to cling to.
- How you arrange your furniture can also impact air circulation. Ensure there is a gap of at least two inches between your furniture and external walls. This space allows air to move freely, reducing moisture build-up.
- Don’t forget the role of extractor fans. When cooking or showering, use these fans to remove excess moisture. It’s also a good idea to leave them running for 10-20 minutes after you’ve finished.
- Lastly, be mindful of where you dry your laundry. Drying clothes indoors without adequate ventilation can significantly increase indoor humidity. Whenever possible, dry your laundry outside or in well-ventilated areas.
Adopting these simple measures can play a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable, condensation-free home.
If you have any questions or need further advice about anything to do with rental properties, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.