13 WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME keepmoat.com 14 DEALING WITH CONDENSATION As your home dries, the water in the mortar, concrete, plaster and paint needs to escape. This is perfectly normal, and when your home is still new, you may see some signs of condensation. Especially in cold areas or places where there’s no ventilation. TIP: How condensation forms Condensation is water vapour inside your home that’s unable to escape. The water vapour builds up in the air and, when it can hold no more, forms a mist on the windows and eventually forms droplets of water which can ultimately cause issues with damp in the home. Every time you boil a kettle, have a shower, use your tumble dryer, water your houseplants or even breathe out, more water vapour is added to the atmosphere in your home. Condensation is generally caused by the room not being sufficiently heated and/or being shut up so the air doesn’t move around enough. DON’T FORGET YOUR WINDOW TRICKLE VENTS. Small vents within the frame of your window, known as trickle vents, are a handy and safe way to keep air circulating. And when possible open windows for even more ventilation. These are a few ways you can reduce condensation, but the main thing to remember is MORE VENTILATION = LESS CONDENSATION Reduce condensation with these simple tips: • Always use the extractor fan when taking a bath or shower. • Cover pans when cooking to reduce steam and use the extractor fan. • Open window trickle vents to allow trapped moisture to escape. • Leave a small gap at the back of your furniture so air can circulate. • Avoid drying clothes indoors, especially on radiators. • Heat your home evenly and consistently. Even rooms you don’t use that often.
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