Tackling Mould and Condensation

Condensation is a common issue, especially during the winter months. If left untreated, it can lead to mould growth, affecting approximately 1 in 18 households in the UK. Not only is mould unsightly, but it can also have a detrimental impact on indoor air quality and health.

The Health Impact of Mould and Condensation

  • Allergens and Irritants: Mould releases spores that can produce allergens, irritants, and mycotoxins. Exposure to these spores can exacerbate conditions like eczema and asthma.

  • Increased Health Risks: On average, you are 19% more likely to have a skin or respiratory health condition if mould is present in your home.

  • Asthma Cases: Damp and mould in homes are responsible for 2.2 million asthma cases in Europe.

  • Mental Health: Living in damp and mouldy homes increases the risk of depression.

How to Improve Ventilation in Homes

Effective ventilation is the key to preventing mould and condensation. Here are some steps you can take:

Open Trickle Vents

Usually found above windows, these are essential for extractor fans and other forms of ventilation to work effectively.

Utilise Extractor Fans

Regulations recommend that all kitchens, toilets, and bathrooms have an extractor fan, preferably with a timer or air sensor.

Install an MVHR System

A Mechancial Ventilation with Heat Recovery system is the most effective solution to prevent condensation, airborne particles, and other pollutants, ensuring that every room has adequate ventilation.

Government Guidance on Ventilation

For comprehensive information, consult the latest government guidance on home ventilation. It provides in-depth recommendations and regulations to help you maintain a healthy indoor environment.

The Role of Heating in Preventing Mould and Condensation

Cold walls and buildings contribute to the formation of condensation. Tackling this issue by warming the building can help prevent condensation and, therefore, mould. Radiators play an essential role in maintaining a warm environment. Towel rails in bathrooms can also assist in keeping the space dry and warm, reducing the likelihood of mould formation. At Zehnder, we have extensive experience in providing heating solutions that contribute to a healthier indoor climate.

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Speak to the Experts

At Zehnder, we specialise in creating comfortable, energy-efficient, and healthy indoor air quality. Our range of indoor ventilation solutions, including MVHR systems, bathroom extract fans, and window vents, are designed to meet the latest UK building regulations. We also have extensive experience in heating homes effecitvely to ensure you're able to create a comfortable, healthy indoor climate.

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