Measures to prevent winter problems

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- Condensation -

As October approaches, the autumn sky is even more beautiful and the weather is gradually getting colder. As winter approaches, condensation can be a particular problem in London.
Condensation can cause mould, which can have a negative impact on your living environment and health. To help you maintain your living environment and health, here are some measures you can take at home.

Why does condensation occur?
Condensation is caused by the temperature difference between the inside and outside air. The main causes of condensation in homes are

Rising humidity:. 
The higher the indoor humidity, the greater the risk of condensation forming. Humidity increases due to everyday activities such as living indoors, cooking and bathing.

Cold outside air:. 
When cold outside air comes into contact with cold surfaces such as window glass and walls, it cools these surfaces and condensation forms.

Inadequate insulation of window glass and sashes:. 
Condensation is more likely to form if old windows and sashes or poorly insulated windows do not block the entry of cold air from the outside.

What can be done to prevent condensation?
Frequent ventilation:. 
Ventilate regularly to reduce indoor humidity. Humidity can be regulated by opening windows to let fresh air in.

Humidity control/dehumidification:. 
Try to keep indoor humidity in the range of 40% to 60%. Use a hygrometer or dehumidifier to regulate.

Strengthen insulation around windows:. 
Improve the insulation of window glass and sashes to reduce cold air infiltration. Insulation and seals can be used to reinforce window surrounds.

Use of window heaters:. 
Window heaters can be installed to increase the surface temperature of window glass and reduce the formation of condensation.

Minimising indoor drying:. 
Drying wet clothes indoors increases humidity. If your household has a dryer, use it as much as possible. If this is unavoidable, dry in a well-ventilated place where humidity can escape easily.

Minimise houseplants:
Plants also produce water vapour and can cause humidity to rise. Take measures such as reducing the number of houseplants and avoiding placement near windows.

Furniture placement:. 
Placing furniture near windows can cause air stagnation and condensation. Rearrange the layout of furniture to allow air to circulate.

Wipe up condensation:. 
If condensation does form, remove it frequently with a dry cloth. Placing newspaper under windows and sashes can also help prevent condensation and absorb condensation.

Use a combination of these anti-condensation measures to maintain a comfortable living environment and reduce the discomfort and building deterioration caused by condensation. The more damage to your property, the more your bills will mount when you move out. In addition, window frames that are damaged will also reduce the heat retention capacity of the room, which will increase your utility bills in winter. These days, sheets to improve insulation, anti-condensation sprays and dehumidifiers are easily available online and in supermarkets, so using them is one way to prevent this.
Mould formation due to condensation can have a negative impact on the nose and respiratory system, so it is also important to take measures to prevent condensation, especially in homes with children, so that they can lead healthy lives in a good living environment.

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