Houses, like people, have to breathe. If there isn’t a constant flow of air in and out, pollutants can enter our homes, stay, and ultimately affect our health. Moisture, in particular, can build up, creating mould, which can cause chronic respiratory problems.
Condensation is by far the most common cause of dampness inside our home. It occurs when moisture (or water vapour) in the interior air – caused by something as simple as our breathing – comes into contact with a colder surface, such as a mirror, window or wall. The temperature of the vapour then drops, causing beads of water to form on the surface. On a wall, this water soaks into to the paintwork or wallpaper, creating microscopic mould spores.
Condensation occurs most frequently on or near windows, on north facing walls, and in room corners. You’ll also often find it in places where it’s difficult for air to circulate, such as behind freestanding cupboards or beds – particularly when they’re pushed up against external walls.
Although all homes are affected by condensation to a lesser or greater degree at some point, some are more susceptible than others, and this is largely due to lifestyle factors. If you habitually dry clothes indoors, for example, or do a lot of cooking, or have hot showers without adequately ventilating your bathroom. In addition to these factors, the amount of condensation in your home also depends on:
• How warm or cold your home is
• How much ventilation there is
• How well your property is insulated
How Does Insulation Help Eliminate Condensation?
Essentially, keeping your home warm when it’s cold outside reduces the likelihood of mould growing, simply by reducing or eliminating the number of cold surfaces. Insulation is the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure your home stays comfortably – and healthily – warm during winter.
Aerolite insulation limits the impact of the outside temperature, helping to maintain a stable, comfortable and healthy living environment. Talk to us today about making your home happy and healthy.