Condensation on window

What Is Condensation 

Condensation is often found on windows, walls or ceilings. Condensation forms when water vapor in the air turns into liquid. This happens when warm air rises and cools, forming droplets of water vapor on walls and surfaces. 
Condensation can occur in your home when warm moist air comes into contact with a cooler surface. In any environment where both warm air and cold air meet, you may see condensation forming. You may notice condensation on your bathroom mirror or window after a hot shower, or on the surface of your windows on a cold morning. This happens due to the differences in temperature between the warm air and the cold surface. Condensation is most likely to occur during the winter when it is considerably colder outside the property than inside. If condensation is not treated, it can lead to damp walls, peeling wallpaper and mould growth. 

How Do I Know If I Have Condensation 

If condensation is left untreated, you may notice damp in the property which can lead to mould growth and potential health issues. Here a few things to look out for which may indicate that the property is damp. 
Damp patches on your walls. 
Mould on your walls, windows or cupboards. 
A musty smell in the property. 
Wallpaper that is peeling away from the wall. 
Condensation is nothing to worry about as long as it is dealt with. Preventing condensation is one of the best ways to avoid damp in your property. 

How To Prevent Condensation 

Condensation can occur when doing general day to day activities such as cooking, drying washing and having a hot bath or shower. It’s important to reduce moisture as much as possible and keep the property well ventilated. Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent condensation: 
Use an extractor fan when cooking. 
Place lids on your pans when using your hob or stove. 
Dry clothes outside rather than on your radiators where possible. 
Regularly open your windows. 
Keep your windows open a little at night to help ventilate the room. 
Remove condensation from your windows every morning by drying them. 
Make sure kitchen and bathroom windows and doors are open when the rooms are in use to avoid a build up of condensation after cooking or taking a bath or shower. 
Make sure any air vents are clear. 
Avoid using portable gas or paraffin heaters as they can produce a lot of moisture. These types of heaters are also a potential health hazard so they are best avoided. 
Leave a small gap between walls and furniture so that the air can circulate. 
Maintain a constant temperature in your home. 
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