Condensation occurs when warm, moist air inside your home comes into contact with cooler surfaces (commonly windows). The moisture in the air condenses into droplets of water which runs down onto the windowsill. You may have heard this referred to as “weeping” or “crying” windows.
Better insulation, double glazing and draught proofing make our homes more energy efficient but also increases the humidity levels (the amount of moisture in the air) which can increase the levels of condensation.
Condensation is more prevalent in the winter months and leads to the growth of mould and mildew which is not good for your health or the structure and furnishings in your home.
Consistent condensation in your home promotes the growth of mould, fungi and bacteria which release their spores into the air. This type of humid environment also creates the perfect breeding grounds for dust mites. This combination of spores and dust mites can cause and aggravate respiratory problems, allergies, asthma and immunological reactions.
“Crying windows” are the result of a dew point forming from the warm, moist air inside your home coming into contact with the windows’. The moisture is turned into water droplets that run down the glass and pool on the windowsill.
This condensation can damage the windowsills and encourage mould and mildew growth, particularly in badly ventilated areas behind curtains or blinds. This has the potential to smell musty and the mould can ruin your curtains, blinds and soft furnishings.
If you live in a continual damp environment, you may notice that the paint starts peeling and start seeing water stains on your walls and/or ceilings. If left unchecked, wooden boards can start to swell and you may start seeing considerable damage to the structural integrity your home. Dampness, dark patches, black spots and bubbling paint are commonly the result of condensation and mould.
To prevent condensation in your home, you must attack its root cause, humidity. Depending on which part of the country you live in, your home may be more or less susceptible to high humidity. Improving the airflow in your home is a cost effective way to reduce your home’s humidity levels.
It’s not just as simple as opening a window, especially if you are trying to keep your home warm or if the outdoor humidity levels are higher outdoor than indoors. Removing the damp, contaminated air and replacing it with fresh, air is the key to restoring your home’s healthy environment.
Correct ventilation has a massive impact on the humidity levels in your home, which will aid in the reduction of condensation. A home ventilation system is the best way to get the air moving in your home, reduce humidity and replace the toxic air with fresh air.
You will experience a myriad of benefits by introducing a ventilation system to effectively manage your home’s humidity, both to your health and your finances. The core issues recommended for an asthma and allergy friendly home by the Asthma foundation are pets, heating and cooling, ventilation and dust/dust mites. Effective ventilation can help with all of these core issues and make your home into a healthier environment.
Riteflo has been providing complete home ventilation and dampness solutions for over 50 years. Locally based, the Riteflo team are well placed to understand your climate and can tailor a ventilation solution to suit you.
Riteflo’s fans are unique, with blades that rotate in both directions. Their systems use the natural differences in air pressure and wind from inside and out, to expel the damp, stale air and introduce fresh air and natural light. You can achieve continual air circulation and movement 24 hours, 7 days.
Riteflo systems do not rely on electricity or sunlight to operate. They are completely self-propelled providing a cost effective, sustainable solution. With absolutely no running costs and silent operation, this is the perfect system to help save money and the environment.
Every home is different and the Riteflo team can work with you to create the perfect ventilation system for your home.
Contact us online or call and speak to one of Riteflo’s ventilation experts on 02 9981 2210 to find out more about how a Riteflo ventilation system can help you reduce condensation and make your home environment healthier for you and your family.