There are lots of ways that you can help stop condensation and damp appearing in your home. Small changes can make a big difference, and could save you money and health problems further down the line. The impact of damp and condensation on your health can be significant as these issues can cause allergies, respiratory issues and even affect the immune system.

Dry clothes outside - not on the radiators

During winter, it's natural to want to dry clothes indoors, but doing so creates higher moisture levels in the air, contributing to condensation. Try to hang your washing outdoors as much as possible during winter.

Avoid drying your clothes on your radiators because this pushes moisture into the air. Hanging clothes on radiators also prevents your home from heating up properly, which means your clothes won't dry as quickly. It's more effective to dry clothes on a clothes horse and heat your house.

If you use a tumble dryer to dry clothes, make sure that this is vented to the outside to allow moisture to escape.

Allow air to circulate

Allow air to circulate in parts of the home where it may otherwise remain stagnant. Striking the right balance between warmth and ventilation is important and can be very effective. By opening windows or ventilating your home it may appear that you are losing some heat, but what you are actually doing is allowing warm moisture-laden air to escape and allowing dry air to enter your home.

Try opening a window slightly if you are having a shower for instance.

Effective insulation

Landlords can avoid damp from entering a property by ensuring it's properly insulated. Seal up any cracks or gaps in structures, and repair any damage to gutters or roofing. It's always best to do this sooner rather than later.

Landlords should also think about replacing outdated windows and doors with those offering the highest insulation protection, such as double or triple glazing.

Tackling mould and damp

If you notice mould forming, you should inform your landlord immediately. If you do not inform your landlord or agent they may seek to claim deductions against your deposit. It is always advisable to make any request for repairs by writing (e.g. an email) so you have a record of your request.

Mould should be tackled as soon as it appears, so that it doesn't worsen, which may make it harder to remove. Alert your landlord and follow these rules for cleaning mould, straight from the NHS.