Damp and condensation is a common problem in many homes today, even in homes with modern efficient central heating systems. It can often lead to mould forming on walls and in wardrobes, running windows, and for people suffering from Asthma poor air quality can be a particular problem.
Dampness and condensation can be caused by a defect with the building itself but we find there are usually three factors, which together can cause damp and condensation.
Too much moisture
Modern family living produces a lot of moisture – from cooking, drying clothes in the home, showers and baths. For families with small children or where there are a high number of occupants for the size of house this can be a particular problem.
Insufficient fresh air
Home owners are often advised to save energy by fitting draught excluders and installing modern draught free double glazed windows. An unintended consequence of this is to reduce the amount of fresh air in our homes. In winter the problem is made worse as doors and windows are kept closed. Cavity wall insulation is effective at reducing heat loss and can further reduce draughts.
Poor insulation and cold surfaces
When warm moist air comes into contact with a cold surface it will tend to condense. Over time this can lead to damp patches, which in turn allows mould to form. Black mould is toxic and can be a danger to occupants, but it signifies a problem with the air quality in your home
Introducing fresh air into your home in an energy efficient way can transform your environment.
Heat recovery ventilation systems are designed to be in constant use, giving 'trickle' ventilation of fresh air into your home. Warm stale air is removed and used to pre-heat incoming fresh air - giving up to 84% heat recovery.
Yorkshire Insulation provides a complete home ventilation service, installing fresh air solutions to address damp and condensation problems. Effective ventilation goes hand-in-hand with improved insulation to stop condensation. We can help improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
If we see there’s scope for introducing insulation in a cost effective way, then we’ll bring this to your attention. For example, in our case study of an Otley home we introduced a number of measures to bring fresh air into the home and at the same time insulating underneath the ground floor. You can see the case study here
We don't assume there is one problem that requires one (expensive) solution. Condensation problems can often be misdiagnosed as rising damp, leading to expensive repair bills and major disruption which may have little or no impact.
Our survey is free and without obligation. We’ll ask you questions about how you use your home, the number of people in your household, and where you see the problem areas.
We provide a range of solutions to help stop condensation and damp problems. We advise on the suitability of whole house, whisper quiet, heat recovery ventilation units or systems designed to ventilate problem rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms.