Three steps you can take to manage condensation in your home this winter

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During colder, keeping windows and vents closed can leave your home more prone to mould and damp. This is because it is harder for moisture from everyday activities, such as cooking and taking a shower, to escape your home.

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In this article find out more about condensation and read our three simple steps you can take to help reduce condensation:

What is condensation?

Condensation happens when moisture in the air meets a cold surface. If air is not properly circulated, moisture gets trapped as it has nowhere to go. It will then find a cold place to settle, leading to condensation.

A build-up of condensation in your home can lead to problems with damp and mould. This can then impact on your health and the condition of your home.

Step 1 - Produce less moisture

  • We recommend putting lids on pans to stop steam escaping and use an extractor fan if you can.
  • During winter it can be difficult to dry clothes outside. We recommend using hangers or a clothes rail to create a better air flow inside. This is because moisture from wet clothes inside will settle onto walls, providing an ideal surface for mould to grow.

Did you know? Drying clothes indoors can create 5 litres of moisture, equal to 20 cups of tea.

Step 2 - Increase ventilation

  • Keep windows or vents open whenever possible especially when cooking, which enables moisture to escape.

Did you know? Steam from cooking can create 3 litres of moisture, equal to 12 cups of tea.

Step 3 - Keep your home warm

In cold weather, it is recommended that, if possible, heating is kept on at a low level all day, rather than putting it on in short, high bursts. This is to prevent condensation forming in the fabric of your walls, which happens if your radiator frequently flips from hot to cold.

Reporting damp and mould

We want to reassure you that we take all reports of damp and mould seriously. If you’re experiencing damp and mould where it is our responsibility to fix it, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help.

More information

  • Watch our video, with helpful tips on tackling condensation, damp and mould in your home.
  • You can also read more about prevention, treatment and reporting issues on our dedicated customer help pages.