Using Dehumidifiers for Damp Prevention and Condensation Control
Damp is one of the most common problems in houses – and it can be a problem which is expensive to fix and dangerous to your health if not treated properly. One of the most common types is damp caused by condensation, which will appear as small black mould spots on windows, walls and ceilings. This makes condensation control extremely important.
Using a Dehumidifier is the best method for condensation and damp prevention within your home – as it lowers the humidity levels and ensures that less moisture can get into your walls. This is a way of Damp proofing your home to ensure that moisture levels are kept low.
What is Condensation?
There is always some moisture in the air, even if you cannot see it. If the air cools it cannot hold all the moisture and tiny drops of water appear. This is condensation. You notice it when you see your breath on a cold day, or when the mirror mists over when you have a bath.
Condensation is most likely to become a problem during cold weather but it can occur all year round, whether it is raining or dry. It does not leave a tidemark in the same way that rising and penetrating damp frequently do. It appears on cold surfaces and in places where there is little movement of air. Look for it in corners, on or near windows or on walls behind furniture. In bad cases it can also occur inside cupboards and wardrobes. A condensation problem can be worst on north-facing walls and on walls exposed to the prevailing wind (because these are typically colder).
How Do I Detect a Condensation Problem?
Condensation differs from rising and penetrating damp in that it is caused by excessive moisture that cannot escape from a building rather than damp coming in. The first sign that condensation is a problem is when black pinpricks of mould appear on walls, ceilings and even furnishings. There is usually a musty smell present and clothes and shoes in cupboards can become covered in a white or green furry mould.
Factors, which contribute to condensation, include not opening windows, drying washing inside or using unvented tumble dryers and inadequate heating, but the biggest cause of condensation is the use of portable calor gas heaters. If the cause of the condensation is not rectified the pin pricks of mould will grow and can eventually cover whole walls and ceilings and ruin clothes and decorations.
How Do I Start Condensation Repair?
To repair condensation, try to keep a good air circulation throughout the house. Opening windows and doors can provide good short term condensation control. However, the most effective way to start condensation repair and prevent damp is using a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier will help your condensation repair process by reducing the levels of humidity in the air in your home. This means that less moisture will gather on your walls and ceilings, windows, and walls – therefore eliminating the condensation problem and risk of damp through condensation.
All Ebac dehumidifiers are specially designed for the European Climate, unlike our competitors who import their units from temperate countries. Our dehumidifier also feature our patented Smart Control, Hydrophilic Coils, and a larger Extraction Rate than other dehumidifiers. An additional feature of Ebac dehumidifiers is that they all contain a permanent drainage facility which allows the dehumidifier to be left operating at all times.