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Keeping your cabin warm and dry this winter

How to keep your home warm and dry through winter.

Winter is well and truly here! So we thought it was a good time to give you some information to help you be as comfortable as possible in your cabin. To help keep it warm and dry, we’ve compiled a few helpful hints and tips to make this winter cosy and warm.

Did you know that the average person can produce up to 5 litres of moisture per day? This happens whether you are living in a cabin or in a standard house and a lot of it comes simply from the moisture in your breath. The moisture is released into the air and creates condensation, you can’t help it, it’s science. That is a lot of moisture for a small space such as your cabin to deal with! You’ve probably noticed how quickly a small space can trap in the moisture if you’ve ever sat in a car for a long enough period of time.

Atmospheric changes can increase the ability for moisture to show a visible presence. If the interior of your home is warmer than outside then the warmer air will meet the cold at places like the windows and form condensation.

One of the best ways to reduce condensation is to keep the cabin warm using a very small oil column heater like this one. They are very cheap to buy and cheap to run. The best thing to do is to turn it on as the afternoon starts getting cold and then leave it on, on the lowest setting, all night. This will keep the cabin warmer for longer.

There are lots of other things you can do to help stop condensation forming, and these are true whether living in one of our cabins or in a standard house.

Top tips for keeping your cabin warm and dry

  • Open the windows when it is warm enough outside to let air flow through the cabin and leave the windows ‘on the latch’ when possible to let the air circulate.

  • Don’t dry clothes inside the cabin.

  • Never use gas cookers or gas heaters inside as gas releases some water as it burns.

  • When cooking use lids on your pots if you’re boiling water.

  • Open the window in the kitchen when you are cooking or boiling the jug to allow the steam to escape.

  • When you have a shower turn the light on so that the extractor fan turns on and then leave the light on/fan running for a while after your shower to clear the room of steam.

  • Also using a bath mat to step out of the shower onto will mean that you don’t leave puddles of water on the floor and it will soak up some of the moisture in the room.

  • Leave a gap between large furniture and the wall to allow air to circulate.

  • Use a dehumidifier when possible to extract excess moisture from the air of your cabin.

A dehumidifier will do a better job if the room it’s drying is warm so combine a dehumidifier with a heater for the best results. If a dehumidifier is not an option try these moisture absorbers instead. They trap up to 600ml of water and are a great solution if you don’t want a bulk dehumidifier taking up space.

Hopefully, these tips give you some useful information to help make you comfortable this winter. But, as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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