Ventilation and Condensation
Ventilation is important to many businesses and homes so that good circulation of air, is achieved. The aim is to bring fresh air into the building whilst circulating the stale air outside the building. Ventilation can also be used to help modify the temperature of rooms within a property, helping to alleviate to much humidity, or to warm colder areas. Poor ventilation is likely to cause condensation and moisture to build up in the more humid areas of your property. Condensation is the most common form of dampness in properties and is likely to cause health issues, damage to decorations and mould growth.
Priority Preservation offer a range of ventilation options that are both eco friendly and economical to operate and maintain. Our team are available to discuss the placement of the units as well as provide you with advice on maximising their effectiveness. We have units available that are designed specifically to help alleviate high humidity, condensation prone locations, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Our units are small enough to be discreet whilst remaining powerful enough to remove condensation build up.Powerful ventilation units Powerful, discrete and effective - we have a range of units to fit any situation here
What is Condensation
Condensation is caused when water vapour comes into contact with cold surfaces and condenses to form dampness or water droplets. Air can contain varying amounts of water vapour; warm air can hold more water vapour than cold air. When warm air comes into contact with a colder surface, it cools down and can’t retain the same amount of water vapour. The excess water vapour is released and forms condensation.
Water vapour is invisible in air and is formed when you breathe and when you carry out normal daily activities in the home. It is also formed as the materials used in the home’s construction dry out. Modern homes are built so that they don’t waste energy. Better insulation, draught proofing on doors and sealed window units minimise draughts and stop heat escaping from your home. But they also reduce water vapour escaping, which can increase the risk of condensation. Normal daily activities (such as taking showers and baths, washing and drying clothes, cooking and boiling kettles) produce warm air containing a large amount of water vapour. If the warm air can’t escape through an open window or air vent, it moves around until it finds a cold surface where it cools and forms condensation.
Condensation is most likely to appear on windows, colder parts of walls, around external door and window openings, and where ceilings and floors meet with outer walls. It can also appear in areas where air circulation is restricted, such as inside cupboards and behind furniture that is placed against an outside wall.
If condensation keeps on occurring in the same place, it will cause black mould growth.
Health Hazard Black mould can be a health hazard, if you notice it start to form please contact us immediately here
Condensation Build Up
Condensation build up is not something that occurs to just old houses, new property builds being super energy efficient and retaining so much heat have become much more humid areas, and as a result are more prone to condensation. It is important that whilst being energy efficient we also remember that ventilation is necessary so that the property can breathe and condensation related issues become a thing of the past. Once you have taken the necessary measure to ensure that no mould is present it is important to take action and ensure proper ventilation. Proper ventilation will in turn keep your condensation issues under control.
Condensation Control and Improvement
There are a number of things that you can do around the house to help mitigate condensation, and if you like we can come to your property and perform an inspection for a more personalised list of points. However in general
- Remove excess moisture sources, drying of clothes indoors, paraffin heaters etc
- insulate cold surfaces,
- prevent water penetration,
- install a dehumidifier,
- use anti-mould paint
If you have condensation and mould issues, give us a call today.