Can Central Heating Damage Your Home?

With the chilly winter temperatures and howling winds at this time of year, many of us will be putting the central heating on earlier and earlier, especially if youre working from home. However, experts have wanted homeowners to be wary, as their central heating could be causing damage to their homes.

While the end of 2021 was unseasonably mild, meteorologists are predicting a cold snap in the new year. But as well as wanting to reduce bills during an energy crisis in the UK, we have a look at another reason to use your central heating cautiously.

In winter, people use their central heating not only for warmth but also for such things as drying laundry. But to keep utility bills low, people tend to use their central heating only when necessary.

As the heating goes off, the house cools, and any water that has evaporated while it was warm will turn into condensation, which is a real problem and the most common form of dampness in a property.

With the British climate as it is, it means it can be very difficult to keep the home warm and dry.

If youre having issues with dampness in the home caused by central heating, then the best tip is to increase ventilation. Open a window at the front of the house and another at the back for ten minutes a day when the heating is on. This might sound contrary but will allow the moisture-rich air to escape and help reduce mould.

A final tip is to ensure the house is not too warm or too cold, as that can exacerbate damp issues. Having your heating on low and slow for longer rather than hot-cold-hot-cold will be better for your health and your home.

Make sure you dry clothes in a well-ventilated area, keep radiators free of obstructions and remember to open windows and air your home for ten minutes daily.


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