A recent My Health My Home study found that more than half (58%) of all homes in the country experienced condensation.By Condensation Solutions
3 Key Reasons for Installing a Ventilation System in Your Home..
There are many benefits to be gained by installing a ventilation system in your home. Home ventilation refers to the process of moving air around, so that it is changed or replaced in different spaces, improving the quality of indoor air. Almost every home in the UK will have some form of ventilation, even if this is just in the form of air bricks, which are often neglected, covered up, or are not adequate to cope with today’s living. Modern ventilation systems often use mechanical elements and offer a whole-house approach.
These ventilation systems can help to:
1. Reduce Condensation & Mould
Condensation is a common problem in millions of UK homes. It is a leading cause of dampness and, if it is left unchecked, condensation can result in the growth of black mould.
Condensation forms on internal surfaces when the air outside falls sufficiently below the temperature of the moist air inside the property. Moisture in the air then condenses into liquid droplets, leading to damp patches or resulting in the familiar ‘streaming’ on windows.
It is more common in the Winter when the difference between the heat inside and outside is most noticeable. A good ventilation system not only improves the air quality within your home, but it can also help to prevent an increase in moisture levels within a property which can lead to condensation and mould issues over time.
2. Reduce Symptoms of Asthma and Improve Indoor Air Quality
According to Asthma UK, there are 5.4 million people who have asthma in the UK. This is equivalent to one in 11 people, and one in five households. Some have mild symptoms, but severe asthma can be debilitating, and even fatal. In 2016, (which is the most recent data available) 1,410 people died from asthma.
There are many different triggers for asthma, but the mould associated with damp, pollution, cigarette smoke, house dust mites, and other things that get into the air in the home, can all trigger attacks or make an existing problem worse. A well-ventilated home can help to reduce the symptoms and make asthma attacks less likely.
For example, the UK’s leading manufacture in ventilation systems (EnviroVent) worked with Sefton Council as well as the NHS to install Positive Input Ventilation Units (PIV) in the homes of 16 families whose children suffered from asthma. Once the units had been installed, questionnaires were sent to the families to investigate the results. The results were overwhelming.
Almost all the families involved saw positive changes in their children’s health and in the indoor air quality.
3. Lessen the impact of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are another reason why home ventilation is so important. These gases can build up from many different sources, including cosmetics, air fresheners, and some cleaning products. One way to lessen the impact of VOCs is to reduce the use of these products; the other option is to control the levels via a ventilation system, the build-up of VOCs in a confined space can also contribute to several health problems.