Many people will choose to open a window to remove condensation within the home, the problem with this is that the weather outdoors tends to have more moisture and a higher humidity than indoors which will cause more condensation problems once you close the window.
Having humidity levels of 50% or higher in your home can damage your property and can make allergies and asthma problems worse. Condensation occurs when there is excess moisture in the air and nowhere for this moisture to naturally escape. Condensation can often be found on windows, however, too much condensation on windows too often will lead to damage on both internal and external walls.
When faced with excess humidity in your home, most would opt for a dehumidifier they are fairly inexpensive, easily picked up and don't require any installation. However, dehumidifiers are only really a solution if your home is lucky enough to be incredibly breathable.
Dehumidifiers were seen as the solution to moisture problems the drawback with these units is that they are only effective in the room that they are placed, they need to be emptied on a daily basis and they can consume anywhere between 50 to 800 Watts.
Dehumidifiers also need to be regularly cleaned otherwise black mould can start to grow on the machine , which can induce a wide range of health problems including allergic reactions, lung problems and irritation.
When excess moisture in the air comes into contact with cold surfaces it creates water droplets, the most prominent places you notice this is on your windows and walls. Kitchens and bathrooms attract the most excess moisture because by nature they are the most moist rooms, due to cooking and bathing these rooms often surpass the dew point meaning windows and walls can often become saturated.
When there is nowhere for this excess moisture to go it will dampen window frames and internal walls which can lead to damp and mould. Damp and mould can also lead to serious health problems, inhaling mould fragments or spores can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to high levels of indoor dampness can reduce lung function and cause chronic health problems such as asthma.
To prevent condensation in the home you need a continuous source of fresh air. Good ventilation of kitchens when washing or drying clothes or cooking is essential along with a source of ventilation in your bathroom to remove moisture from taking a shower or bath.
The vent is not designed to combat condensation alone but will help circulate air when used with other vents or systems. In some buildings bathrooms or toilets do not have windows. However ventilation will be provided usually by mechanical means. It is important that all ventilation systems are used properly.
Unfortunately, due to the British weather the extent of the condensation problem can be so bad that prevention on its own will not solve the problem and you will need to make arrangements to control the condensation in your home.
If you don't control the condensation in your home you will end up with damp and black mould, both of which are very damaging to you and your families health. The best way to stop condensation, is to invest in a ventilation solution.
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