With winter on the way and temperatures dropping fast, condensation in your house is likely to increase, and may cause damp problems if left unattended – but there are some simple ways to reduce condensation on your windows.
Condensation forms on windows because the surface of the glass gets cold as the temperature falls. Moisture in the air becomes a liquid (condenses) as it cools down and forms water droplets on windows and other cold surfaces.
Here are the easiest ways to stop condensation in the short term as well as long-term solutions to stop condensation appearing in the first place.
1. Get ventilated
Well-ventilated homes don’t have condensation problems because ventilation allows ‘moist air’ to escape before it turns into condensation. So the simplest thing to do is to create air flow and movement by opening a window or using an extractor fan, for example, when taking a shower.
2. Reduce moisture levels inside your property
There will always be some water vapour in the air, and you will add to it by breathing! But there are a few things you can do to stop increasing the moisture levels in the air, including drying your clothes outside, putting lids on your pans when cooking, fixing leaking taps, and opening a window, window vent or extractor fan when cooking and taking a shower.
3. Increase the surface temperature of the glass
A longer-term solution to condensation problems is to increase the internal surface temperature of your windows. The simplest way to do this is to install double-glazing – as the inner pane of glass will be more insulated and a higher temperature than the outer pane. You can also keep heating on at a background low level to help maintain air and surface temperatures.
If you live in a listed or conservation property that is single glazed, heritage window specialists such as Timbawood can replace the windows with slimline double glazing – which looks exactly like single glazing – while keeping the original frames in place.
At Timbawood, we specialise in bespoke timber windows and timber doors for period, listed and conservation properties, including sash windows, casement windows, custom French doors and timber fire doors. To speak to one of our specialists about your project, or to request a free quote or survey, please get in touch.