Stop Condensation before it starts!
Date: 18 January 2017
Waking up to streaming windows can be the first sign of a condensation problem.
When left to develop, condensation can lead to mould growth and form a musty odour in a property. Other visible signs would be the appearance of damp patches on walls and peeling wallpaper. More importantly, it can also aggravate or trigger health problems such as asthma and wider complaints.
So what exactly is condensation and what causes it?
- Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with colder air. The warm air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture as it did and the water is released either into the cold air or onto the colder surface, causing condensation to form.
- It can be a significant problem for homeowners. With improved building features such as cavity wall insulation, double glazing and draught proofing, the amount of “natural ventilation” is reduced, therefore allowing these ugly side effects to appear. Condensation can tend to surface more at night when we are sleeping as temperatures are usually lower in our homes at this time.
- Daily routines such as showers, baths, boiling kettles, cooking and drying clothes all contribute to condensation in a house. The level of moisture as well as the temperature in your house and the surface temperature of the windows are also key factors in the overall condensation that will form.
What can I do to stop condensation?
Simple steps like avoiding drying clothes indoors on radiators and ensuring extractor fans are working properly will help prevent condensation.
Installing a Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) system from Beam will also help eliminate condensation and mould growth, whilst providing clean, fresh, filtered air into your house.
What is a PIV and how does it work?
Typically located in the loft space area, a PIV system is a sophisticated energy efficient whole home ventilation and condensation control unit.
A ceiling diffuser is placed in a central position on the landing or hallway, through which filtered air continuously but gently ventilates the home.
Moisture-laden air is then diluted, displaced and replaced with subtle fresh filtered air, forcing contaminants out of the property through natural leakage points or extract fans in wetrooms. Suitable for existing and new homes, a PIV is quiet running and provides a draught-free living environment.
Any other benefits?
- The fresh filtered air improves indoor air quality and the health of asthma sufferers.
- During the heating season, energy loss occurs by opening windows to reduce humidity and condensation. By installing a PIV system and providing fresh filtered air to the house, humid air is displaced without opening windows thus allowing significant energy savings.
- An integral pre-heater is designed to temper the incoming air during periods of low external temperatures to prevent the incoming air falling below 10oC.
- A built-in hours run meter monitors operational life and verification of usage – this allows Beam to offer a full five year warranty on the system.
How much does a PIV cost?
Whether your home is a townhouse, semi-detached, detached or even an apartment, we have a PIV system to suit. Prices start from only £375.00 + VAT / €450.00 + VAT for supply only.
For more information or to speak to a member of the Beam Team today to discuss condensation problems in your home, contact us now.