It’s December which means one thing and one thing only – Christmas is well and truly coming. One things for sure, after running around spending time and money buying food, presents and getting ready for Christmas, you don’t want it ruined by unsightly condensation.
Find out what condensation is, how condensation happens and what we can do to help solve the problem.
What Is Condensation?
Condensation is the process where water vapour in the air condenses from a gas, back into a liquid from. In other words, the water in the air, a gas known as water vapour, cools when it touches a cold surface which causes the water vapour to condense, or turn into its liquid form, causing condensation.
In simpler terms, it is all to do with the change in temperature. As the temperature rises, so does the maximum amount of water the atmosphere can hold. When this happens, the water in the air has no other choice but to turn into liquid water.
You can find out more about the science of condensation here.
What Are The Common Signs And Symptoms Of Condensation?
Waking up to condensation on windows, walls and tiles is a common sight for many homes across the UK, especially in colder months and is usually the first sign of a moisture problem. If left unsolved over a prolonged period of time, condensation can cause a series of complications for you and your home.
If your home is suffering from condensation you will start to notice significant signs and symptoms around the home which include;
- Water on windows
- Wet walls
- Unpleasant odours
- Peeling wallpaper
- Damp patches on walls
- Black spots (mould) on bathroom tiles
Although it may have small beginnings, if you don’t acknowledge these signs and symptoms of condensation immediately it will develop into a greater and longer lasting problems like damp and mould that get harder to control, prevent and solve.
Why Does Condensation Happen And Why Is A Dehumidifier Important?
Let’s take a quick look at how condensation happens in the home; during colder months when the outside temperature drops, surrounding surface area temperatures such as windows, walls and tiles also drop. When warm moist air comes into contact with the colder surfaces, the moisture condenses and forms water droplets, otherwise known as condensation.
A dehumidifier works in the same process and stops this through becoming the coldest point in the home so the moisture is attracted to the dehumidifier and trapped into a water container at the bottom of the machine for safe disposal.
What Causes Condensation?
The air in all our homes holds moisture to some degree; showering, cooking, drying laundry and even breathing are just some of the everyday tasks that add moisture into the air that have to end up somewhere.
If we add bathing, boiling kettles and ironing into the mix, all of which are typically part of our daily routine, a household of one person will produce approximately 1.5 litres of water a day. If we look at this over a week that contributes to 10.5 litres just for one person! That’s the equivalent of 18 pints of water per week!
Before, when homes weren’t build like sealed boxes with double glazing and various forms of insulation, moisture could escape through gaps in windows, lofts and cracks in walls where it would be replaced with fresh air from the outside. But today homes are built to have no natural escape route for this warm moist air which is consequently trapped inside the home. As a result, this trapped air only makes the problem worse, causing condensation on windows, walls, tiles, creating an all round unhealthy indoor air quality.
In other words, the more moisture you produce, the more chance you have of getting condensation.
How Can You Solve Condensation? Condensation Prevention
Condensation is the most easily fixed type of damp problem and can be solved cheaply and quickly, without the need for professional help. With careful planning, control and prevention will help ensure that your home remains free from damp and mould and save you money in the long run by not having to continuously remove condensation.
In the short term, there a lot of cheap DIY tips and products out there that could see immediate results clearing condensation from the home. From cloths and squeegees, to homemade vinegar solutions and specialist sprays, clearing condensation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour. Something that is becoming increasigly popluar when looking to clear condensation are window vaccum cleaners; these claim to solve condensation from your windows quickly and easily.
You can read more about how to clear condensation here.
However, it is important to mention that these solutions only get rid of the symptoms of condensation and do not solve the problem so it is possible that recurring signs of condensation will appear and you will have to clear your windows again and again and again.
Poor ventilation throughout a home can lead to serious problems for you and your house when it comes to condensation. There are basic precautions and maintenance you can do that can significantly reduce these problems though. Good ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms is essential so if there are no extractor fans, opening a window and shutting the door for long enough will provide the right amount of air to dry off these rooms.
In other rooms, simple things like cooking with covered pots, drying laundry outdoors and taking colder shorter showers will significantly reduce the amount of moisture into the home. Making sure that all rooms are partially heated will also help, especially in colder weather!
Use A Dehumidifier
A powerful addition to the above measures, a dehumidifier draws excess moisture from the air to help control, prevent and solve condensation. Unlike the above methods, a dehumidifier solves the problem of condensation and not just the symptom by constantly monitoring your home to ensure there is the perfect amount of moisture in the air. This means that you can continue drying laundry indoors, taking showers for as long as you want and all other everyday tasks that add moisture into the air without any worry.
We’re so confident that an Ebac dehumidifier will resolve your condensation and damp problem; we are offering you a 30 days money back guarantee. This is a no quibble money back guarantee from Ebac. If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with your Ebac dehumidifier, we will fully refund your purchase price.