In some cases, there’s hardly any other option than to dry clothes on or nearby to a radiator.
But in addition to the health risks attached to this practice, there’s also an unwanted potential for higher energy bills as well.
The use of radiators or towel warmers will lead your boiler to work harder than it should be required to, leading operating costs to spiral.
Heat is prevented from escaping and heating the room by the clothes positioned atop of the radiator. As such, your boiler needs to work in accordance, using more energy at a greater cost to warm your living area.
The added moisture in the air leads to a greater energy requirement for the heating of the whole room too, which can also increase energy costs. Plus, there’s the possibility of health issues surfacing, and condensation can also result, causing mold and damp issues that can be expensive to tackle.
Lots of US homes feature large fireplaces and fires. And the laws of physics will dictate that these assist greatly in eradicating moisture, reducing condensation and keeping your home drier overall.
The enhanced level of condensation on the walls largely stems from improvements made in the double-glazing, draught-proofing and insulation of housing.
Of course, this is brilliant for heat retention and ensuring your home stays nice and toasty. However, the improvements can also lead to a lack of air ventilation and an upturn in stale air with a larger percentage of moisture becoming trapped indoors. None of those, of course, are any good for your health and general wellbeing.