November 25, 2015

Condensation Week 23-27 November 2015

Going about our everyday lives cooking, washing, bathing, drying clothes indoors, heating and even breathing produces water vapour. When the air cannot hold any more moisture it forms as condensation on hard surfaces such as windows, tiles and walls.

Do you close your vents because of cold draughts?

Mould can form in any poorly ventilated home, old or new, big or small.

Sealing ourselves in during the winter months increases condensation and moist air – ideal conditions for mould growth.

Is our home bad for our health?

Research shows 81% of people are at risk of suffering from a breathing or skin condition because of the poor air quality in their home.

Excess condensation promotes mould growth. Invisible mould spores can irritate skin conditions and aggravate breathing conditions such as asthma.

Condensation in new homes

Modern homes are designed to keep heat in for increased energy efficiency, but this also reduces water vapour escaping which can increase the risk of condensation. If you’re suffering from excess condensation in a new home you may not have adequate ventilation.

5 venting tips for a healthy home

  1. Keep your vents open for fresh air.
  2. If you don’t have room ventilation it could be worth considering installing a retro-fit model.
  3. Open a window when cooking or bathing for rapid ventilation.
  4. Don’t have your vents permanently closed in winter as condensation will settle for longer.
  5. Don’t switch off mechanical ventilation to save electricity.

Beat condensation with ventilation!

See our full range of condensation reducing vents
in our Background Ventilation Guide

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