When the time comes to crank up the thermostat inside because of the plummeting temperatures outside there are many positive outcomes but also a few negative ones.
The main issue that we get asked a lot of questions about is that of condensation. When its warmer inside then it is outside this will start to occur. It really all boils down to humidity, when the humidity is higher inside you’ll find condensation starts to gather in abundance.
Because you’ll be wanting to keep the warmth in your home (and why wouldn’t you when it’s starting to freeze outside!) you also keep in the moisture that builds up, think cooking, showering and just generally breathing. During the summer months this surplus moisture doesn’t cause any issues and you’d be hard pushed to notice it, as it gets colder though it becomes all the more apparent.
The other factor that should be considered is that colder air retains less water vapour than warmer air which compounds the issue further come winter time. At this point we should say though, if you find areas of your home where condensation seems more than excessive (gathering on walls, wallpaper peeling away, damp patches) this could be indicative of much greater problem that requires a greater level of investigation to get to the root of the problem.
If you leave these types of issues to progress without any action being taken then you could have some serious structural issues further down the line.
Serious structural issues aside, the major concerns that should be raised with an overly damp home or property are the health ramifications. With mold comes airborne spores and some pretty nasty respiratory illnesses can occur, to cover just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’re experiencing excessive amounts of condensation but have no noticeable signs of damp, the issue could come from a failed or failing double glazing unit. This will increase the amount of condensation no end whilst poorly regulating the heat you’re trying to retain.
By replacing any failed double glazing, you can prevent condensation from worsening, as well as improving your energy usage, which is important when energy prices are increasingly becoming higher and higher. The winter months mean most of us will be using the most energy we’ve used all year, so it’s important to do as much as possible to help save on these bills.
If you’re in need of any window repairs or require a full replacement of any failing double glazing before Christmas, give us a call and let us know. We will come out as soon as possible and let you know the best course of action, providing you with a prompt competitive quote.