Why Condensation is a Problem

Why Condensation is a Problem

Condensation dampness is a common problem for both new and older homes, especially during winter when opening windows and drying clothes outside are less practical.

Without proper ventilation, the moisture we produce from everyday activities such as cooking and bathing is trapped inside the home. Here it is absorbed into the air where it condenses on cool surfaces such as windows, mirrors, external walls and fabrics.

Moisture in the air travels to the coldest parts of the house so properties that have cold spots or are heated intermittently are likely to suffer with condensation dampness. With rising energy costs, many homeowners cannot afford to keep their whole property heated 24/7, meaning condensation and mould problems are growing.

Streaming windows are often the first signs of condensation before black mould patches start to appear and musty smells are noticed. At this stage, the indoor air quality is damaging to your health.

Energy-efficient, new properties and older homes that have had drafts sealed up with insulation or triple glazing are likely to suffer with condensation. Warm, moist air remains trapped inside the home without proper ventilation.


Condensation Facts

  • The average home produces 5-10 litres of moisture every day
  • Bathing, cooking and drying clothes on radiators are the main culprits
  • Dust mites breed and mould spores germinate in humid conditions
  • High levels of allergens can make asthma worse and cause many health problems

Condensation, left un-treated, can be damaging to your health. Mould spores germinate and dust mites breed in damp, humid environments. And these allergens can trigger a host of respiratory problems in asthma and allergy-sufferers and cause other allergic symptoms such as Rhinitis. Children and the elderly are most at risk, and these groups are more likely to spend longer periods at home. 


Facts and Figures

A national survey by www.myhealthmyhome.co.uk has revealed some worrying statistics on the issue of condensation and its effects on health. Those spending around 16 hours or more per day at home are 33% more likely to have condensation and mould than those spending eight hours. They are also 10 times more likely to suffer breathing problems.

Contact us today to know more about our Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) and Drimaster Eco range which will improve the overall air quality in your home, specifically eliminating condensation and dampness. 

Self-Builders

Keep Condensation at bay with our low-Enrgy MVHR systems.

Homeowners

Cure condensation for good with the easy install Drimaster-Eco Range.