Winter is in full swing in South Africa which means we’re trying our very best to keep our homes warm and cosy. Since we live in the southern hemisphere and winter doesn’t get that cold here (I beg to differ), our homes aren’t exactly equipped for it. For example, insulation is non-existent and double glazed windows are a foreign concept. We don’t have heating installed throughout our homes and thus, we have to look for alternative ways to stay warm.
There are so many types of heaters available on the market that it can be hard to choose one. That said, one has to keep in mind the added electricity costs involved in using them. Also, they won’t work whenever there’s load shedding. Gas heaters offer a great alternative but are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to creating moisture in your home. They release nearly half a litre of water vapour an hour.
You may have noticed how your windows are wet, especially in the morning. This water is called condensation and signifies that you excess moisture in the air. One way to keep it under control is to allow for adequate ventilation by opening windows and leaving them open throughout the day. You can also do the following:
- Use your extractor fan every time you cook
- Don’t hang wet washing in your home
- Limit the use of your tumble drier
- Invest in a dehumidifier
- Damp-proof your home
Don’t ever ignore condensation. It will most definitely cause damp and mould growth which can damage your belongings and harm your health.
Your home is a safe space for you and your loved ones. It’s also an investment and should be maintained. Take care of your property and your family and damp proof your home with the help of damp proofing specialists in Johannesburg. Speak to the team at HydroStop SA for a free quote today.