If you are living in a damp home and enduring a stale smell, then it is time to have the source of the damp investigated. There are several reasons why you may be experiencing a damp home. It could be that the moisture generated from the kitchen and bathrooms has nowhere to escape and therefore lands on cold surfaces such as walls and windows. The moisture condenses into water droplets causing the home to be damp.
It could also be that the walls of the home did not dry up completely during construction thus causing damp conditions. The sub floor could also be a source of damp in the home when not properly ventilated. You should therefore get a home ventilation system that will provide with proper air circulation so that damp conditions can be eliminated. Matt Reardon is part of a team of ventilation experts at Mould Buster who are widely experienced in the installation of all types of home ventilation systems. You can contact him to know more ideas about ventilation system for your home.
Dangers Of A Damp Home
Living in a damp home brings with it many health problems which can easily be avoided through proper ventilation. Respiratory problems are top on the list when it comes to health complications due to damp homes.
Dust mites are attracted to warm, damp conditions and their presence in your home will cause you to suffer itchy eyes and a runny nose. To stop the growth of dust mites, your indoor humidity levels should be below fifty percent and this can be achieved through effective ventilation.
Damp conditions also encourage the growth of mold which releases spores. These spores when inhaled can cause respiratory problems. Rodents and pests such as rats and cockroaches are attracted to damp conditions and their waste can trigger asthmatic attacks.
The best way to get rid of moisture in your home is through effective ventilation. You can decide to install fans in rooms in the home that generate the most moisture. You can install exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry area where the dryer is located. You can also decide to install a system of fans and ducts to ventilate the entire home. This is known as the whole house ventilation system.
In case your sub floor is discovered to be the cause of damp in your home, then you can decide to install sub floor ventilation. It can be installed as a stand-alone system or be combined with the whole house ventilation.
A mechanical home ventilation system will provide you with the control that you need to ensure that you have sufficient air flow in the home. Methods such as the heat recovery ventilation method can enable you to make savings on your energy costs. In a heat recovery system, the fans that supply fresh air and get rid of stale air are located in one place. A heat exchanger unit is then used to draw heat from the incoming air and transfer this heat to the outgoing air. Some heat recovery systems can recover up to eighty per cent of the heat.
During winter, the reverse happens where heat is transferred from the outgoing air to the incoming air so that you can breathe in warm air. When using mechanical ventilation, you can use a filter so that pollutants such as pollen and dust are sieved out from the incoming fresh air.