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All homes will be affected by condensation at some point - but there are ways you can keep on top of it.

There is always moisture in the air even if you cannot see it. It may cause mould, damage to clothes, furnishings and decorations.

When the air gets colder it cannot hold all the moisture, and tiny drops of water appear. This is called condensation. You may notice condensation when you see your breath on a cold day or when the mirror mists over when you have a shower.

Condensation happens more in rooms where there is a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Why does it happen?

There are 4 main causes of condensation:

  • excess moisture produced by everyday activities
  • inadequate ventilation.
  • insufficient heating
  • insufficient insulation.


Preventing condensation is about getting the right balance by reducing excessive moisture, adequate ventilation, sufficient heating and sufficient insulation.

For further guidance, see our leaflet: All about preventing condensation.

What you should I do if I find mould in my home?

See page 7 of the leaflet for advice about what to do.