With homeschooling in full swing, and temperatures falling outside, it’s no surprise that most homes will be struggling to keep condensation levels under control.

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This article by London damp specialists Aspect.co.uk lists the main causes of condensation as everyday activities such as cooking, drying clothes and showering. Breathing even contributes to condensation! In fact, a family of four will produce around four pints of water per person per day, which is over 100 pints of water a week!

Do homeowners need to be worried about this? It depends on how much condensation you’re dealing with. Excess levels can affect people living in your property and also cause damage to decor and furnishings. It can even cause structural issues if left for a long time.

What can be done to control excess condensation?

If condensation is only a minor problem in your home, implementing simple measures like taking quicker showers, drying laundry outdoors or opening windows while cooking may be enough to keep it under control. In other cases, it might be severe, and a more extreme measure, like installing a dehumidifier, may be necessary. Here is a list of everything you could try to get condensation under control.

● Run cooler, shorter showers. When you’re finished, be sure to run the extractor fan for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Check the fan vents outside, and the joints in the ducting are adequately sealed. Consider buying a larger sized bath mat to prevent the floor from being saturated and causing excess condensation.

● In the kitchen, cover pan lids during cooking to lower the amount of steam produced. If you don’t already have a cooker hood, consider installing one. Keep your kitchen door closed to stop moisture travelling to other cooler rooms, causing condensation there.

● Never dry laundry inside, because just one wash load produces as much as five pints of water vapour. Instead, use an exterior vented dryer, or dry clothes outside. This is better for indoor air quality, as scents from detergent and conditioner are released into the air, rather than you breathing them in.

● Don’t use unvented gas heaters, stovetops or ovens. As well as releasing water vapour, they also potentially give off carbon monoxide, which is really bad for humans. Instead, consider a different heat source such as a wood-burning stove.

● Use zero VOC paints if you’re thinking of re-decorating and paint during good weather when you can fully open windows. This ensures that chemicals and water vapour can be adequately vented outside.

● Check all pipework for leaks and if you discover them, have them repaired right away.

If you’ve tried some of these suggestions and you’re still struggling with excess humidity, try running a dehumidifier ideally on each level of your home. This will help reduce humidity levels, and therefore the chances of developing mould or mildew.