Now that it’s getting cold many people are starting to see condensation appearing in their homes… but if like me you’ll be noticing condensation on your car front windscreen too. It’s all very well getting rid of ice on the outside, that takes long enough, but getting rid of condensation on the windscreen is another problem!
Often it’s worse in older cars, but even new cars suffer! If it’s particularly bad it could be that there’s a small hole or the window seals aren’t doing their job, but condensation doesn’t need a big hole to get inside! Even the tiniest cracks and crevices will slowly allow the condensation in and it’ll build up over time (or over night). Of course at this time of year water gets into the car ever time we get in or out (shoes, clothing, open windows etc), even breathing adds moisture! Some (myself included) will find when it’s really cold this condensation becomes ice and not only do you have ice on the outside, but on the inside! Well one of the most efficient ways of reducing the problem is by using a condensation remover. No that doesn’t mean a big box on the dashboard, the Mini Moisture Absorber is absolutely ideal for this because it really is mini in size measuring just 95 x 45 x 80 mms. An added bonus is that it leaves a lovely lavender smell too, I should know because I now use them the second I start seeing condensation in my home… I know this means my car will be next! When you see how much water starts to fill up in the trap it will make you realise why you had so much of it on the windscreen!
That’s your car sorted but what about the condensation that is appearing in your homes? If you leave this to continue you will start to see the accompanying mould on the window frames and worse because damp is the main cause of damage to materials in the home. In fact moisture, condensation and damp feed toxic, and often invisible, household moulds so whenever you see this condensation you need to stop it before more damage is done and there are several steps to removing this problem from your home….
The reason condensation forms on your windows is because of excess humidity in your home. This manifests itself in the form of condensation on the coldest area of a wall, usually the windows. When the warm air (and the moister it retains) comes into contact with the colder glass in your windows it cools and releases moisture in the form of condensation. So the first way to reduce condensation is to control and reduce humidity and increase air flow, thus increasing ventilation in your home is a must. How do you do that? Whenever you have a bath or shower make sure you ventilate the room. The easiest way is to open the window and close the door – many people simply open the bathroom door which means all that moisture is simply going into the rest of the house which isn’t what you want! The same applies to drying clothes. We all need to dry our clothes inside the house, especially in Winter for obvious reasons, but ideally drying clothes in a room such as your porch or any room you can shut off from the rest of the house is a good idea. Large amounts of moisture are generated in a house from these two activities, so taking such actions does help.
Now get condensation removers in your house – not only will this remove the condensation – but if you replace them when necessary will stop it coming back – which also means no more mould on your window frames! See the below video for more on this problem and how to solve it: