Top tips for a healthy home

We have created a top tips video with Energy Saving Trust to give you practical advice on reducing everyday condensation in your home. Our top tips cover how to keep your home healthy, warm and ventilated to reduce condensation.
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Advice to prevent damp and mould

  1. Good ventilation
    Make sure you air rooms well, even in winter. 
  2. Close doors, use extractor fans and open windows
    Close the bathroom door and turn on the extractor fan whilst having showers or baths and afterwards for 30 minutes. Open the windows to allow for ventilation.   
  3. Keep trickle vents open
    Allow ventilation through the vents by leaving them open throughout the year.  
  4. Cover pans and use the extractor fan in your kitchen
    To reduce the steam and save money, keep the lids on the pans whilst cooking. Use the extractor fan and keep the window open for 15 minutes after cooking. 
  5. Let the damp air out and the fresh air in
    Open the windows and wipe window sills daily.   
  6. Dry your clothes outside or on a clothes airer inside
    If drying clothes indoors, do so in the bathroom, closing the door and leaving the extractor fan on
  7. Properly vented washing-machine or tumble-dryers
    A lot of moisture can escape into the atmosphere in a short space of time.  Escaping moisture from an unvented dryer will likely lead to increased heating costs. 
  8. Maintain a constant temperature in your home
    Set your thermostat to around 18°c and maintain it to avoid the release of moisture.  
  9. Leave gaps between your furniture and the walls
    Leaving a gap between furniture and walls enables the air to circulate freely, reducing the chance of mould growing.  
  10. Ventilate cupboards and wardrobes
    Avoid overfilling them as this will prevent air circulation. 
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