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What is “condensation” that comes every winter?
When the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures is more than 15 degrees Celsius or the internal humidity is high, the phenomenon of moisture formation due to the formation of a water room is called a condensation phenomenon.
In winter, the humid air inside touches walls or windows and turns into water droplets as the temperature drops. Neglecting condensation can cause germs and fungi to reproduce and cause rhinitis, asthma, and dermatitis, which can harm your health.
“Tips on managing indoor humidity” to prevent condensation.
① Please ventilate it often.
If the amount of sunlight is insufficient and ventilation is poor, the indoor humidity increases further. Ventilation is recommended three times a day for at least 10 minutes, and if ventilation is difficult for a long time in cold winter, you should ventilate frequently for a short period of time to relieve accumulated moisture.
In particular, bathrooms and kitchens, which are spaces that use a lot of water, should pay more attention to ventilation.
② Don’t hang out laundry or humid things indoors.
Drying laundry or moisture indoors can increase indoor humidity. Laundry or humid items should be dried outdoors as much as possible.
③ Make a space between the wall and the furniture.
When walls and furniture come together, there is no space for moisture to escape, which can cause molds on furniture or walls. It is placed at a distance of more than 10 cm between the wall and the furniture to allow air to flow well. And among the furniture, it is recommended to open the closet often and ventilate it.
④ Use a humidifier in moderation.
Humidifiers are often used to increase the humidity in dry indoor areas in winter. The proper indoor humidity is 40-60%, and if it is higher than this proper humidity, it is a good environment for condensation, so you should use a humidifier properly.
⑤ Make sure to ventilate after cooking.
Water vapor can be generated from cooking food such as soup and stew. It is said that condensation can occur if the humidity is damaged and ventilation is not performed after cooking. After cooking, ventilation should be resolved to prevent condensation.
⑥ Keep the room temperature properly.
The proper indoor temperature in winter is 18-20 degrees Celsius. If there is a significant difference between the outside temperature and the indoor temperature by more than 15 degrees, condensation is likely to occur, so it is good to reduce the temperature difference and maintain the proper indoor temperature to prevent condensation.
⑦ Wipe the window with a neutral detergent.
The place where condensation is likely to occur is the window that touches the outside. Frequently wiping the moisture off the window with a dry mop can prevent condensation. Also, after removing moisture, wiping windows with a few neutral detergent in a dry mop is more helpful in preventing condensation.