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Condensation is perhaps the most common form of dampness in building and can lead to peeling decorations, unhealthy living conditions and potentially risky mould growth.
Condensation is moisture caused by everyday living, from cooking to having a shower. Normally moisture will remain in the atmosphere (humidity), but as the room air temperature drops the ability for air to hold moistures reduces, and the air becomes too saturated. This leads to water droplets (condensation) forming on cold surfaces, such as walls, windows and metal.
Condensation can occur in any building, and is the most common cause of dampness. Lack of adequate ventilation by failing to open windows, and modern occupancy styles such as double glazing, can lead to a buildup of excessive humidity and moisture.
This poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health issues for asthma and allergy sufferers and those with breathing difficulties.
Condensation is created when saturated warm air comes into contact with cooler air, or a colder surface. Warm air holds more moisture than cold air, so when it comes into contact with a colder surface it is unable to retain the same amount of moisture. This water is released onto the surface as condensation. This can happen on windows, walls and ceilings and can lead to damp problems leading to problems such as black mould.
Condensation problems can be relatively easy to diagnose and detect. If you notice any of these signs then condensation is a probable cause:
There are measures you can take yourself to try and prevent condensation, and in minor cases they might be the best plan of action. Here are some steps you can take to prevent condensation from forming in your home:
1 - Ensure there is sufficient ventilation throughout the property, open windows on a daily basis.
2 - Install a wall vent inside bathroom/shower rooms, or open a small window.
3 - Only dry clothes in well ventilated rooms.
4 - Move furniture away from walls, especially in humid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and en-suite bedrooms.
5 - Have airbricks placed in outside walls, and keep existing airbricks free from blockages.
6 - Try and maintain a constant temperature in your home – the sudden changes are what causes saturation in the air.
Sometimes condensation treatments can be as simple as opening a window or turning on an extractor fan when cooking, but for more serious condensation problems professional solutions may be needed. Peter Cox are passionate about providing good indoor air quality to everyone, which is why we offer a wide and varied range of eco-friendly and innovative ventilation systems, designed to deliver homes with fresh, filtered air.