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CONDENSATION AND AIR QUALITY PROBLEMS

Ventilation is the intentional removal of ‘stale’ air from inside a building and replacing it with ‘fresh’ air from outside. Ventilation is mainly used to control indoor air quality by diluting and displacing indoor pollutants. Adequate ventilation is essential to maintain a healthy environment. It can also be used for purposes of thermal comfort or to prevent the build-up of excess levels of humidity.

If you have poor ventilation in your home, we can help you find your perfect solution- with whole house ventilation systems for large houses and smaller systems for those on a budget or with a smaller space.

Over the last few decades, there have been improvements in approaches to save heat within properties- such as double glazing, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. This combined with the fact that the average family can produce up to 110 pints of moisture a week in their home can create problems as stale air and moisture can get trapped inside and build up. Reverting back to our old wooden windows, taking out insulation and facing higher heating cost and bad draughts is not an ideal option.

The solution is Positive Input Ventilation (PIV). Did you know under new ventilation guidelines you should able to able to even exercise in your property without the need to open windows?

If you have a condensation and mould problem, you probably have a severe case of high humidity. This provides the perfect conditions for dust mites- which are a common trigger for asthma and other allergies. Mould can cause severe health problems and is classed as a category one health hazard- the same as asbestos- according to the UK council’s Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

 

Damp Air and Poor Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that your home can be between two to five times more polluted than outside? If your home has black mould or condensation damp, your property’s humidity levels are way too high.
This is an environment in which dust mites can thrive. This can pose a threat to those who already suffer with respiratory illnesses by acting as a trigger and this can also exacerbate allergies.
Black mould is classed as Category 1 health risk – the same level hazard as asbestos. With the right ventilation system, we can overcome the damp issues. We can help you remove condensation, damp and black mould. We can also help to save you up to 80% on your heating bill whilst making your home a healthier environment with improved air quality.
Did you know that your home can be between two to five times more polluted than outside? If your home has black mould or condensation damp, your property’s humidity levels are way too high.
This is an environment in which dust mites can thrive. This can pose a threat to those who already suffer with respiratory illnesses by acting as a trigger and this can also exacerbate allergies.
Black mould is classed as Category 1 health risk – the same level hazard as asbestos. With the right ventilation system, we can overcome the damp issues. We can help you remove condensation, damp and black mould. We can also help to save you up to 80% on your heating bill whilst making your home a healthier environment with improved air quality.

SOLUTIONS: PIV Ventilation & How It Works

. Positive Input Ventilation is different for each home but here is a basic run down on the processes.
The energy efficient units, usually placed in a loft, take fresher air from the outside and filter it before gently pushing the clean filtered air into the home at a central point- in most cases in the hallway area. Combined with the right extraction unit, this will first of all dilute and then displace the stale, bad air and ventilate the home. This creates conditions where mould and condensation are greatly reduced and in most cases eradicated. Once the system is in place, the indoor air quality will be improved significantly. This particularly benefits those with respiratory problems such as asthma and help protects the most vulnerable such as the elderly and infants.
Please note, every home is different so if you have a large home an apartment or a bungalow, we will have the tailor made solution for you.

 

POSITIVE INPUT VENTILATION
Over 1 million installed since its invention in 1970’s

BENEFITS
-Eliminates/Reduces condensation
-Eradicates mould
-Reduces dust mites
-Eradicates damp musty smells
-Stops streaming windows
-Low running costs
-Can cut heating bills up to 10%
-Runs quietly
-Heater option available
-Improves indoor air quality for those suffering with respiratory difficulties and allergies
-No need to open windows as it is safer for your home and you don’t lose your heat in the winter.

 

TOP TIPS

  1. Make sure you are heating your home correctly. If you are not, this can result in the walls becoming cold and condensation can quickly promote mould growth.
  2. Put lids on pans when cooking to reduce the amount of moisture within the property.
  3. Remove condensation from walls. If you see condensation on the walls, it’s best to remove it before it turns into a mould issue.
  4. Make sure your tumble drier is vented out of the property correctly to prevent moisture building up within the property.
  5. Make sure your extraction fans are working and ideally you should have them on in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  6. Cover fish tanks where possible. Fish tanks can produce a lot of moisture and this in turn can create a mould problem.
  7. Avoid putting furniture up against a wall. Leaving a small gap can encourage air circulation and reduces the risk of condensation build up.
  8. Open windows. This is a very simple but effective tip. If you have double glazing, open the little vents at the top if your windows have them.
  9. Dry clothing outside. This will reduce a lot of moisture within the property.
  10. Give us a call on 0121 514 2178. If you have a ventilation problem and would like some advice, feel free to give us a call or email and Crystal Air Solutions will be happy to help.