What is Condensation? | Home Ventilation Systems

What is Condensation?

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Have you ever noticed droplets of water forming on the inside of your windows? This liquid forming on your windows is called condensation, and it can appear on your windows in your living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms. The reason why it happens is all to do with the temperature inside and outside the building and the amount of moisture in the air inside the property.

What is condensation?

When warm air which is full of moisture comes into contact with a wall or window, that is colder than it is, the warm air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture, and the water is released onto the cold surface, this can also happen when warm air and cold air meet, causing condensation which is visible to see to form. This is quickly followed by mould if the temperatures remain warm and condensation is not dealt with immediately.

This happens in thousands of households across the UK when the temperature drops inside the home, especially at night time when the heating is turned off. The air reaches the point where it can no longer hold onto to all the moisture that we create in our homes, and it migrates to the coldest surfaces; the windows and walls, where it appears as condensation.

How do know if you have condensation?

If your home is suffering from condensation you will start to see signs of it very quickly which include:

  • Streaming windows
  • Wet walls
  • Damp areas on walls
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Signs of mould growth
  • Musty smell on clothes in wardrobes

Condensation is arguably the most common form of dampness and can eventually lead to the growth of mould. It builds on internal surfaces when the temperature drops sufficiently below the temperature of the moist air inside the property. You should watch out for it because if left to develop, condensation can lead to an unsightly, musty property. Moreover, it can also aggravate or trigger health problems such as asthma and wider complaints.

Waking up to condensation on windows is a familiar sight for many people, especially in winter and this is usually the first sign of a condensation problem. If condensation occurs over a prolonged period, other symptoms will start to appear such as damp patches on walls, peeling wallpaper and ultimately black mould growth. These effects can lead to musty smells, damage the fabric of our homes and can even affect our health.

EnviroVent is on hand to help and has been solving the nation’s condensation problems for over twenty-five years. Our energy-efficient condensation control units reduce humidity and stop condensation on windows to provide healthy and fresh indoor environments.

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