Here are some hints and tips to get you through the winter months, warm and condensation free:
- Avoid drying washing in your home. Should you need to dry washing, hang the washing in one room, close the door and ensure the window is open to allow moisture ventilation; Wet clothes in the home can increase the damp in your property by around 30%. By increasing the moisture levels in your home you’ll be adding to any damp problems, as well as posing a health risk, you’ll have increased condensation in your home. You’ll have damp patches on your walls, condensation on your windows and black mould on your window frames. Did you know single load of clothes can contain as much as 2 litres of water? That’s a lot of damp!
- Control humidity and ventilation. Control the relative humidity in your home through the use of extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms. Ventilate, leave windows on half lock. Try to leave a gap of at least 100mm between furniture and the wall surface in order to allow circulation.
- Keep the heat on constantly. For enhanced energy-efficiency, the best thing to do is lower your temperature when you’re not at home. The amount of heat your home loses is linked to the difference in temperature between inside your house and outside, so the colder it is outside, the more heat you lose and the warmer it is inside, the more heat you lose. Reducing these levels of heat loss is important as the less heat you lose, the less energy you’ll need to use to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Coming home to a cold house causes most people to turn the thermostat up higher than normal comfort level, overheating the house and wasting the money they have saved by using a low temperature when they were out. Programme your thermostat to avoid this energy wastage, ensuring you come home to warm rooms that have been running efficiently while you were out.
- Use a setback temperature instead of turning your heating off. Whilst ideal comfort temperatures are often a personal preference, the official Cold Weather Plan for England suggests a minimum winter temperature of 18°C in UK homes for beneficial health; A lot of people turn off the heating completely when they leave the house. However, this can put your home at risk of damp, mould growth and, in extreme conditions, burst pipes. To prevent adverse complications in very cold weather, using a setback temperature is a great idea. A setback temperature doesn’t mean the heating is on when you’re out; if the setback temperature is right for your home, the heating will be off whilst you’re away for a normal amount of time but protected from dropping too far if you’re out for longer than expected.
If you have already started seeing evidence of mould/condensation in your home please ensure you clean the affected areas following our below guide and then follow the steps above:
Removal of mould/condensation
- If you're removing mould caused by condensation, the NHS recommends that you wipe it away with a cloth dipped in soapy water. When you're done, use a dry cloth to remove any moisture, and throw both cloths away.
- If you find a colony of toxic mould, it is very important that you do not disturb it. Touching or moving the mould can cause an enormous amount of harmful spores to be released in the air, to the detriment of you and the people you share your home with.
- For other, more common strains of mould, there is a wide variety of mould treatments available that clean the mould, which are easy to use on your own.
- A simple solution for removing non-toxic mould from your home is to clean it using a non-toxic, mould cleaning solution. When the mould has been eradicated, it is important to dry the surface thoroughly, in order to prevent the mould from returning.
- Another simple yet short-term solution is to kill the mould and nasty marks on your walls with bleach. If you do wish to try this tactic remember to wear thick clothes (you don't mind getting ruined), rubber gloves and a face guard as both the mould and bleach fumes can be dangerous to inhale. To clean mould off your walls, follow these steps -
Using a damp cloth gently scrub until the mould is gone.
Once finished, dry the area well with a soft cloth.
- Remember however, this is not a long term solution and you really need to tackle the cause of the mould to ensure it doesn't come back.
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