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How to prevent condensation

Whether you live in a terrace house, detached, caravan, or an apartment, finding ways to prevent condensation can help reduce the risk of mould or damp in your home.

 

What is condensation?

Condensation is the opposite of evaporation. Water vapour changes to liquid water, rather than that liquid become a gas (think about your kettle boiling or water in a pan on a hob).

In your home, condensation tends to occur when the temperature decreases, which is why you’re more likely to see condensation during the winter and when you wake up in the morning. When moisture cools down as it hits a colder surface, water appears. Condensation is caused by high levels of moisture in the air, alongside the temperature in your home, and how cold the hard surfaces are (such as windows).

You might spot this in your home in a number of different ways. A condensation problem could appear as:

  • Mould
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Unpleasant or musty smell
  • Damp to touch furniture or walls
  • Water droplets on surfaces, particularly walls or windows.

 

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How to treat the effects

Although condensation is not a catastrophic problem, it can cause many issues around your home, especially if left to worsen. Excess water on walls, windows, and other hard surfaces can lead to mould around window frames, in corners of rooms, and hidden behind furniture. This can lead to health problems for you and your family.

To tackle these effects, ensure you remove any of the excess moisture with a sponge or even a window cleaner tool. If you have already noticed mould in your home, clean this thoroughly with mould remover spray.

 

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How to prevent it

To prevent the condensation from worsening, there are a number of processes you can follow, as there’s not one single issue that can cause condensation:

  • Don’t overfill wardrobes or cupboards, as if there is a lack of air circulation and ventilation in your home, this can cause mould to grow.
  • Open windows or use extractor fans when showering, bathing, or using the kitchen to cook. Steam from hot water and heat from ovens / hobs can cause excess moisture to be produced. Even after cooking or showering, ensure you leave windows open or extractor fans on, as this will help alleviate some of the moisture.

 

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If appropriate, dry clothes outdoors. Understandably, this will be difficult for those living in apartments or houses without gardens. However, by ensuring you have windows open and are drying clothes in a well-ventilated area, you reduce the risk of excess condensation.

 

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Similarly, make sure that your washing machine and / or tumble dryer have enough ventilation as condensation can occur from these appliances too. Keep furniture away from walls where possible. Even a small gap between the wall and furniture can decrease the risk of mould growing and keeps air circulating.

Insulate your home properly, whether that’s through your attic insulation or double glazed windows. If you notice that the condensation appears to sit inside your double glazing, then you need to get this repaired, as a broken unit can disrupt the effectiveness of the insulation benefits.

If you think your home could benefit from repairing your double glazing to keep the heat in and the cold out, contact our team on 0800 302 9355 or find your local branch.

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Ask Louis: How does double glazing work?

In our brand new series ‘Ask Louis’, we utilise our operations manager’s double glazing expertise to bring you insightful information into the world of windows. From maintenance to design, there isn’t a lot that Louis doesn’t know about double glazing and, what he does know, he’s willing to share with you.

 

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This month, we’re looking at how double glazing works and the benefits that this brings to your home.

 

What exactly is double glazing?

Standard double glazed windows consist of two panes of glass separated by a layer of air and then sealed. You can also have triple glazed windows, which follow the same concept, but with three panes of glass.

 

How does it work?

Double glazing has many benefits over single glazing, where there is just one pane of glass and no air layer. This is because it is far more difficult for heat to escape through the two panes of glass and the air layer, especially as air is a poor conductor of heat.

 

Does it help me save energy?

Yes – it keeps warm air in, meaning your property is better insulated. This results in fewer draughts and cheaper heating bills as you might not need to heat your home as much as you would if you only had single glazed panes. Over 20% of all heat loss escapes via your windows, so it’s vital to help reduce this.

Energy saving glass is more efficient than standard double glazing, as well as utilising Argon gas to fill in the cavity; this is denser than normal air, so acts as a better insulator. Using thermal spacer bars also act as a better insulator than standard aluminium spacer bars, so it’s good to ask what your options are when requesting quotes for double or triple glazing.

However, when a double or tripled glass pane breaks, for example, it becomes cloudy or steamed up, or seems to have moisture in between the panes, the benefits of the glazing become redundant, so it’s important to get this fixed, as you could continue to lose energy.

 

Can double glazing reduce sound intrusion?

Yes – double glazing is built to reduce noise and you’ll hear far less sound from outside once it has been installed. This is beneficial for people living on busy main roads or near schools and busy city centres.

 

Are there any other benefits of double glazing?

Yes – it reduces the amount of condensation on the inside of your windows, which reduces the chance of finding mould or damp within your home. This decreases the risk of any health issues that may be caused.

Double glazing also heightens security for your property because there are two panes of glass to break through, this is far more difficult to access than single glazing. In recent years, even police have experienced difficulty raiding houses because of the installation of double glazing.

If you’re looking for more advice and information on double glazing, or you think you might need a cloudy or steamed up window repair, contact our team on 0800 302 9355. You can also find your local branch of Cloudy2Clear fitters.

 


 

Cloudy2Clear receives national accolade from consumer group Which? Trusted Trader

Cloudy2Clear, the UK’s number one glass replacement company for failed double glazing, has been recognised with a prestigious accolade from Which? Trusted Trader.

The consumer group which tests products, offers advice and campaigns to put consumers’ needs first has awarded Cloudy2Clear Trusted Trader of the Month status.

which trusted trader cloudy2clearThe benchmark in consumer trading involved a rigorous assessment process into its code of conduct, business procedures, finances and references. There was also a detailed interview and assessment.

This follows an endorsement by the Which? Trusted Trader scheme for a second year. A certificate to mark another 12 months of membership was awarded to the Cloudy2Clear team at its recent annual conference.

Kirk Williams, operations manager at Cloudy2Clear, said: “Since becoming a Which? Trusted trader 12 months ago, we have continuously improved our standard of duty, care and expertise and so we are proud to be kicking off the year with such a boost.

“Our franchise owners and fitters have a real passion for helping customers replace failed double glazing windows, without going through the expensive process of replacing the whole frame. This saves them money, time and energy because steamed up double glazing can lose the home valuable heat.

“To be recognised on a national level and publicised on such a trusted website gives customers faith that our experts can carry out the job efficiently. As a result, our established service is putting Cloudy2Clear in a strong commercial position.”

Cloudy2Clear, which has 46 branches across the UK, joined the Which? Trusted Trader scheme to set itself apart from the rest of the market. Its friendly fitters, sign-written vans and full uniform, complete with Which? Trusted trader logo, is all part of the drive to reinforcing great customer service.

 

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To locate your nearest Cloudy2Clear branch click here or to request for one of our engineers to visit and supply a quote, call 0800 61 21 119.