Very bad condensation

(15 Posts)
FitnessFad Tue 11-Oct-16 15:55:26

We've recently moved into our new house. House was built in the 1940s. Windows are doubled glazed.
Since the weather has turned colder, we are suffering from really bad condensation - not just on the Windows but in some rooms the walls as well, which is starting to cause damp.

What can we do to combat this? We've had the heating on for maybe a few hours a day, but not sure if that is supposed to help? Does opening the windows whilst the heating is on also help?
The condensation occurs in the mornings, and we have the Windows shut and no heating on overnight.

Any advice would be really appreciated!

Murphysgirl Tue 11-Oct-16 16:03:29

Keep windows open a crack at night to ventilate. I always open my windows fully first thing before going in the shower then close them after I'm dressed so they've had a good airing. Don't dry your laundry in the house. Use extractor fans or open windows when showering/cooking.

HereIAm20 Tue 11-Oct-16 18:19:55

Heating and ventilation! Plus you can buy those little boxes with tablets tgst absorb extra moisture too. Buy some e cloths and make sure you wipe walls regularly. Worth using something like a mould and mildew spray to prevent any.

frikadela01 Tue 11-Oct-16 18:24:27

We uses to have a serious problem with condensation which causes mould in the bedroom. We eventually worked out that because of how big the room was it wasn't getting sufficiently heated by the tiny radiator so when we were in bed at night all the moisture from us was condensinbon the freezing cold walls. We got a bigger radiator and have it on for a couple of hours before bed and a couple of hours whilst we get up, that combined with the window open a crack seems to have done the job.

We had a dehumidifier for a bit too before the radiator but it cost a fortune to run.

SaggyNaggy Tue 11-Oct-16 18:24:31

Buy a karcher window vaccuum too.
I also think trickle vents on windows help.

Secretspillernamechange Tue 11-Oct-16 18:30:46

I suggest a proper dehumidifier, after you've left it on for a few days to clear the worst you should only need it on for a few hours a day. You can get really efficient ones now and it's got to be less wasteful than having the heating on and the windows open.

OlennasWimple Tue 11-Oct-16 18:34:07

Yy to a good dehumidifier to kick start solving the problem

BennyTheBall Tue 11-Oct-16 18:36:34

Yes to opening the windows, and if you can, open them at night a crack or open trickle vents if you have them.

Avoid drying wet washing indoors too.

lizzieoak Tue 11-Oct-16 18:41:09

I've improved our damp a great deal by leaving a window open a bit in one of the rooms and also running the dehumidifier loads at the start of autumn. I also don't run the dishwasher in the evening, and definitely crank the windows open after a bath or shower.

It's getting to it at the beginning of the season that seems to help and as noted above, running the dehumidifier loads at first.

lizzieoak Tue 11-Oct-16 19:24:18

And it's quite horrifying how much water ends up in the bucket of the dehumidifier. Mine pulls about 4 litres out of the air at this time of year.

PigletJohn Tue 11-Oct-16 19:53:16

you might have a leak. Have you got a water meter?

FirstShinyRobe Tue 11-Oct-16 19:56:17

If you've got a loft, what about something like

www.nuaire.co.uk/products/catalogue/residential/positive-input-ventilation-piv/dri-eco-hc/

CottonSock Tue 11-Oct-16 19:58:36

A meaco dehumidifier. Just got a second ine for my house. The dessicant ones warm thevair too and seem cheap enough to run. I collect pints every day

dannyglick Wed 12-Oct-16 15:35:19

We put an Unibond Aero 360 moisture absorber, placed discreetly in each room ( Asda/ Wilko).
Have just put them out for autumn/ winter, as a few days ago, the windows were streaming with condensation in a morning: all gone now with these in place.
Open windows when you can, though, too.

hotdog74 Wed 12-Oct-16 16:22:39

We get it and having the heating on a bit at night really seems to help and also opening windows on dry days. Also try to avoid drying clothes on radiators/ inside airers as this puts lots of moisture into the air. Also keep bathrooms doors closed and open windows after showering etc.

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