Its about this time of year when you start to see more condensation build up on windows. This can also be a problem in summer months but is exaggerated in the winter as the outside and inside temperature contrast is far greater.
The problem with condensation (apart from the fact that you cannot see out of your windows!) is the pools of water that it creates. Even small amounts of water can start to cause mould to grow and damage plaster, paint and woodwork. I can clearly remember as a child my mother going around the house every morning mopping up the water from the window sills!
Don’t despair though. A great way to prevent condensation and the associated mould and damp problems is by using a dehumidifier. The units are about the size of a small portable heater and work by removing all the excess moisture from the air and capturing it in a water tank (or discharging direct to a drain). I have to confess that I am not an expert when it comes to different models of dehumidifiers but plenty of websites offer good comparisons and reviews of the best dehumidifier for bathrooms.
I have however used dehumidifiers in some houses in the past and they do work. In fact I am often quite amazed by how much water they can remove from the air. Downsides are that dehumidifiers can be costly to run if used very frequently but according to the Best Dehumidifier Guide, compressor models have a lot lower power consumption than desiccant type dehumidifiers. When it comes to more details on dehumidifiers then the leading manufactures often have good information on their website, the Ecoair dehumidifier one in particular is good.
If you need any further advice on dehumidifiers then please use the comments form below or get in touch on the contact me page (or visit www.bestdehumidifierguide.co.uk for product reviews).