Condensation damp – a common problem in UK homes03/12/2013

Condensation damp is probably the most common type of damp found in the home. And whilst structural damp problems and rising damp are not good news, condensation damp is pretty grim too! Left untreated, condensation is followed by black mould, not an attractive look and most annoying if you have recently decorated. Fighting condensation is a continuous battle over the winter months, wiping up condensation from windows, walls, toilet cisterns and doors, just goes on and on and on! What more, it living in conditions with condensation and mould can take its toll on your health! 

Symptoms could include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus problems
  • Depression
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rashes

A common problem - condensation

You may not be aware but condensation is becoming an increasingly common problem, effecting around 1 in 5 households in the UK.  As we take measures to make our homes more energy efficient (with the ultimate aim to save money on our heating bills and keep warm), by improving them with  double glazing, cavity wall and loft installation, natural ventilation is reduced. Effectively, the home is being ‘sealed up’ and is unable to breathe. As a result of this, high levels of humidity are trapped inside the home leading to condensation and mould issues. Furthermore; high levels of humidity also create the perfect breeding ground for the household dust mite, which is a well-known trigger of asthma and other allergies.

The solution - proper ventilation

The cure for condensation is good ventilation, now you could just open your windows for hours on end, however this may defeat the object - think of the amount of heat that would be wasted along with the expense. EnviroVent have been curing the nations condensation problems for over 25 years, they manufacture an innovative range of sustainable and energy efficient ventilation solutions at their factory in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  This includes the Mr Venty Range of condensation control units, the Cyclone extractor fan and the award winning heatSava.

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