Window condensation is irritating and ugly to look at (except to kids who like to trace pictures in it) but, as many homeowners already know, it can do its fair share of damage too, both in the short term and over a period of time. From perennially damp drapes and blinds to rotting window sills and mould the mess that condensation leaves in its wake can be expensive to clear up and even a hazard to the health of a home’s occupants.

A house that is already condensation prone is even more at risk in the winter, when the nice warm air that is circulating around the home meets with the icy cold air from outside. Excessive, often unseen moisture within the home does not help matters either.

There are, however, some fairly simple measures you can take to reduce, and maybe eliminate condensation problems in your home before they become a real issue:

Run Your Kitchen Fans

You probably usually run your bathroom fan when showering as a matter of habit, but do you do the same when cooking in the kitchen? Cooking, especially on the stovetop, can release as much moisture into the air as a steamy shower session, so get into the habit of cooking with your kitchen fans as well.

Keep the Air Moving

Ceiling fans are useful for more than just keeping cool in the summer. If, when winter arrives, you reverse the way they rotate they will then help keep the warm circulating, reducing the amount of moisture in the air significantly.

Move Your Houseplants

Apart from releasing oxygen into the air houseplants also release their fair share of moisture. So while we are not suggesting that you banish them altogether, as the their presence can be beneficial to the air quality in a room as well as their appearance, keep them away from windows, to avoid adding to – or causing – a condensation problem.

Weatherstripping Works

Weatherstripping is an inexpensive and relatively easy way to stop heat from escaping your home but it also helps reduce condensation by blocking cold air. If you have weatherstripping in place already give it a quick once over in the fall to make sure it is still in good shape and does not need to be replaced.

Buy a Mini Dehumidifier

There are some rooms in many homes that are ‘damper’ than others. Bathrooms, busy kitchens, laundry rooms and basements all tend to be such places but reducing the amount of moisture can often be as simple as running a mini dehumidifier for just a few hours at a time.