'Drenched windows!' 'Effective' ways to banish condensation without costly dehumidifier

As temperatures get cooler, many homeowners may have noticed condensation forming on windows. Condensation occurs when temperatures drop for an extended period of time. If left untreated, condensation can lead to mould build-up around windows which can cause health problems.

With many people noticing condensation on windows, research from Loop, an app that analyses smart meter data and shows you easy ways to use less energy, has shared simple ways to keep condensation at bay and how much it actually costs to run a dehumidifier to help remove condensation.

Dr Steve Buckley, head of data science at Loop, explained: “As the temperature drops, many of us will see condensation starting to appear on our windows.

“During the winter, condensation can be a big problem, with many of us finding our windows drenched each morning. If condensation isn’t dealt with, the excess moisture can lead to other problems such as mould, mildew and musty smells.

“Whilst dehumidifiers can be effective at combating condensation they can be a drain on your energy bills. A 483w dehumidifier costs nearly £20 per month or £240 a year, if used for four hours per day.

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He added: “It’s worth considering though that these come at a cost and that the reusable ones need to be ‘recharged’ – that is, dried out.

“So, unless you can do that somewhere else, you’re just releasing that water back into your property.

“If you still opt to use a dehumidifier or other electric devices such as extractor fans to combat condensation, you can monitor how much energy they use with free third-party apps like Loop. The app helps to unlock your smart meter data and help you monitor and understand your energy use.”

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