Does your home suffer from condensation or damp? Do you have mould growing at home? With winter coming in and the temperatures dropping, read on for some simple, practical steps you can take to tackle the pesky fungus and get it out of your house.
Mould can be a big problem, causing health issues for you and your family – particularly for those who suffer from respiratory or skin conditions. You might also be allergic to it, leading to runny noses and itchy eyes.
Damp and mould in the home are caused by too much moisture. This can be from water entering the building through leaking pipes, damage to the roof or around window frames. However, damp and mould can also be caused by condensation.
Condensation is when droplets of water appear on surfaces around your home, such as on the windows or on cold walls. This is because warm air in your home contains a lot of moisture. Condensation can be generated by some of the activities you might carry out at home, such as cooking, showering, drying clothes, and even breathing! When it isn’t dried off, it can turn into patchy, black mould; and it can cause peeling wallpaper and damage to window frames.
But don’t worry, we work with a lot of households who have issues with condensation, damp and mould and there are simple, cheap (or free!) and easy things you can do to help.
Too much moisture
Reducing moisture can be an important part of tackling condensation. While you’re cooking, keep lids on your pans to stop steam turning into water droplets when it hits the ceiling and walls.
If it’s possible and it’s the right weather for it, dry your clothes outside instead of inside. These are easy fixes that will reduce the moisture in the air of your home.
Not enough ventilation
Good ventilation is key for the air quality in your home, and will help get circulate any moisture that’s hanging around. If your windows have trickle vents, keep them open. When you’re cooking or showering, make sure you’re using extractor fans too.
Letting in fresh air is a great way to combat moisture too – opening your windows for even five to ten minutes a day can make a big difference.
It’s not warm enough
If you find your house isn’t warm enough, or is hard to heat, there’s lots you can do for that too. The options vary massively, from adding a simple bit of draughtproofing to improving your insulation. You can contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 – they’re the experts in keeping you warm.
Getting on top of heating doesn’t have to mean big changes or spending though – it might just be that you need some advice on managing your heating controls. They can be pretty confusing!
This video has some more simple tips that you can try:
Condensation can be a serious issue if left unchecked, but it’s important to remember that it’s a solvable problem. If you follow these tips you can help tackle it before it takes hold. If you need more help, get in touch with our Affordable Warmth Team for tailored support and advice.