Condensation in the bedroom is something we’ve all encountered in one form or another. If condensation occurs in your home without proper preventative measures in place, then, without daily wiping of all surfaces, damage to your home can occur. Furthermore, if the moisture from the condensation is left to turn to mould, then this can also be detrimental to your health. It is, therefore, particularly important to reduce the amount of condensation found in the bedroom. In our guide, you’ll learn a few tips to help reduce and remove condensation problems from your bedroom.
What is Condensation?
Condensation occurs when a gas changes into a liquid when warm air hits cooler air or comes into contact with a colder surface. This happens due to the fact that warm air has a greater volume of moisture than cold air, so when it reaches a cooler surface, some of the moisture needs to be released.
What Damage Can Condensation Do to Your Home?
Condensation is one of the leading causes of damp in homes in the UK, and as such, if left untreated can cause mould growth on walls, ceilings and other structures of your home. Damp in the home can cause paintwork to peel and wallpaper to bubble, as well as potentially causing structural damage, in time. Mould from condensation can also cause damage to personal items, furniture and clothing, leaving a bad musty smell behind.
While condensation itself isn’t harmful to us, the mould that it may lead to is also terrible for our skin and lungs. Many respiratory issues can be triggered by mould spores, including asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as worsening cases of eczema and hives, for example.
So how can condensation be stopped in the bedroom?
Open Your Window
This might seem obvious, but it’s effective. Opening your windows will release the humid air outside, and therefore, will prevent the humidity from collecting onto your windows. So, if it’s not too cold out and you’re suffering from condensation, open a window. It can be impractical to have a window open all year round, so read on to find some more permanent solutions.
Use a Moisture Eliminator
A quick and easy solution to removing excess moisture from your bedroom is to use a moisture eliminator. These products often come in tubs or in a bag that you can hang in your wardrobe, and they work to dehumidify the room. These smaller dehumidifiers can be particularly handy in the bedroom, as they can be popped in drawers and wardrobes to reduce any damage to clothes from excess moisture or mould. However, these are more of a temporary solution, as they work to remove some of the moisture from the room, but ultimately do not prevent condensation from occurring.
Turn up the Radiators
Increasing the temperature in your room, particularly overnight and in the winter, will prevent the build-up of condensation on your windows and walls. This is because condensation occurs when water condenses on a cold surface. Therefore, increasing the temperature of that surface by increasing the ambient temperature will prevent the water from condensing onto that surface.
Use a Dehumidifier
As is suggested in the name, a dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. Through using one of these, condensation will be a lot less likely to occur because there is no water to condense on your surfaces. However, dehumidifiers, as useful as they are, do cost money to run and need emptying every so often, making them require constant maintenance to remain active.
Circulate the Air
Even doing something as simple as running an office or ceiling fan can help prevent condensation. Running the fan means that water has less of a chance to condense because it’s always moving around the room. However, if you, like many others, struggle sleeping with the fan on, this might not suit you as being a permanent solution.
Cooking and Showering
Humidity travels throughout the entire house, so no matter where the moisture comes from, some of it is going to end up in your bedroom. The way to prevent this is to make sure that you have windows open and extractor fans on when cooking and showering to funnel the humidity from your house as opposed to throughout it. Also try and keep the lids on pots when cooking to prevent the water from bellowing out in a puff of steam, and condensing on your walls and windows.
Don’t Dry Clothes in the Bedroom
One of the main contributing causes of condensation comes from drying clothes indoors. Sometimes in the colder months, this is unavoidable, but when possible, clothes should be dried outdoors or in a drier to prevent excess moisture from forming on the walls. If neither option is viable, then clothes should instead be dried in a bathroom, with the window open and door closed to prevent the moisture from spreading around the house.
Use Anti-Condensation Paint
Anti-condensation paints work to prevent the build-up of wall condensation by adding an insulating layer to the wall. This layer works to prevent condensation by keeping the surface at a temperature above that which allows dew to form, helping to delay the development of condensation. Anti-condensation paint
, such as Anticon 15, also works to absorb moisture in the air, helping to reduce droplet formation. When the humidity in the room drops, any trapped moisture will then be released as vapour. Anti-condensation paint is a low maintenance, cost-effective method of preventing wall condensation that, once applied, will last for years.
Finally, if you have any potted plants on your windowsill, move them to prevent them from pouring moisture out onto your windows. Plants release water all the time and so, leaving them next to a cold window at night might result in some condensation in the morning.
We hope that you’ve found this article useful and that it will help you to banish condensation from your bedroom. If you would like to find out more about the effective, permanent, and cost-effective solutions to wall condensation that our anti-condensation paint offers, then please do not hesitate to get in touch!