Moisture in your London home, whether that's rising damp or too much condensation, is a real problem as we move into the winter months. Trying to keep your home warm and dry is paramount, so take heed of these tips for minimising condensation throughout your living space.
1. First up, ensure your washing machine and tumble dryer are vented correctly – this could be causing up to two litres of water to be emitted into the air for every load of washing if not.
2. If you don't have a tumble dryer, try to dry clothes outside whenever possible, but that might not be too often at this time of year. In this case, dry them in a water-resistant area, such as the bathroom, with the door closed and the window open for ventilation.
3. When boiling a kettle or running the shower, ensure doors are shut to stop steam entering colder rooms and condensing onto windows and walls.
4. Use lids on pots and pans to keep steam trapped, and then use an extractor fan to remove from the air. Don't turn this off straight after cooking, as moisture can linger in the air for ten minutes or so.
5. Make sure that fish tanks are covered to stop moisture escaping into the air, and if you notice any condensation caused by plants near walls or windows, move them elsewhere.
6. Don't overfill cupboards as air cannot circulate – also try to keep furniture 50mm away from walls for the same reason.