Condensation in your home

Condensation is something that can happen in every home but there are some basic things you can do to prevent/ reduce this from happening. 

Condensation is moisture from the air which has cooled and formed tiny droplets of water on cold surfaces, such as mirrors, glass, metal window frames, cold pipes and on the inside surface of external walls. It can cause damage to your home, for example by spoiling paintwork, wallpaper and plaster. Condensation usually occurs during cold weather. If condensation occurs regularly and is not wiped off, it will lead to mould growth which appears as black spots.   

Did you know you add extra water to the air inside your home on a daily basis: 

  • two people at home - 2 pints; 
  • one bath or shower - 2 pints; 
  • drying clothes indoors - 9 pints; 
  • cooking or using the kettle - 6 pints; and 
  • washing dishes - 2 pints. 

There are various steps you can take to avoid condensation and to make sure your home is well ventilated. This means keeping a window ajar or a trickle vent open when there are people in the room, even in cold weather and overnight. You can also reduce moisture levels in the air by:

  • using extractor fans and opening windows in bathrooms and kitchens when cooking, showering or drying clothes;
  • placing lids on saucepans and turning down the heat while cooking;
  • keeping areas around tumble driers ventilated;
  • drying clothes outside whenever possible, or drying them indoors in a well ventilated room with the door shut; and
  • allowing air to circulate in cupboards and wardrobes by cutting small holes in the back of each shelf and at low and high levels in doors, and not overfilling shelves.

If you would like further information please see our factsheet to the right hand side of this page. 

Origin Housing have also created a video, showing their 3-step-guide to tackling condensation  here