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Improve ventilation in your home by keeping it at a constant temperature, using extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms and installing professional ventilation systems.

It may not be a concern now, but with winter on the horizon it’s important to know how to improve ventilation in your home in order to reduce damp and condensation (often resulting in mould).

The three main damp issues that a combination of poor ventilation and cold temperatures brings are penetrating damp, condensation damp and rising damp.

It is estimated that within the UK 1 in 5 homes experience condensation damp, which can be treated with effective ventilation.

What causes condensation damp?

Condensation occurs when warm moist air meets a cold surface, and will be most obvious on windows and walls in poorly ventilated rooms.

The average UK family home produces up to 10 litres of water from bathing, cooking and washing – so condensation is common.

However, condensation worsens in winter because the building structure itself is cold, coupled with less open windows. Condensation control is extremely important all year round, but particularly in winter. If left untreated condensation can cause condensation damp and condensation mould which can cause irreversible damage in your home.

Where is the most common place to find condensation?

Bathrooms and kitchens are usually the most vulnerable to condensation, as the steamy atmosphere is present for an extended period due to washing or cooking. Occasionally it can even occur in cupboards or corners of rooms, where moist air has stagnated over time. For these locations in your home kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems are effective for removing excess moisture.

How to prevent condensation in your home

Good ventilation is crucial in avoiding damp and condensation damage, and often this can be more difficult in the winter months. The only guaranteed method of ensuring good air circulation throughout your home is with a reliable and high-quality ventilation system which pulls, circulates and expels air.

To avoid condensation damp and condensation mould it is always recommended to consult condensation specialist providers. Prokil offer a range of condensation treatment services including ventilation systems to prevent and protect your home from the effects of damp and mould.

If your home is relatively air-tight, this is a great bonus in the winter months if you are looking to use a mechanical ventilation system as the air quality within your home will improve.

For those not so fortunate, always try to use extractor fans  when washing or cooking, keeping a window open and the door closed until the room has dried thoroughly. Also, try to ensure every room in your home is heated in some way – condensation and damp are most found in rooms that are unheated.

If you are suffering from condensation damp in your home as a result of poor ventilation and would like the advice of knowledgeable professionals get in touch with Prokil on 0800 048 9488 or book a no obligation home survey online today. Get in touch to discuss any questions or advice you may need for ventilation systems and condensation damp treatment.

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