Mould and damp can be a real nuisance, and they can also be dangerous to your health. In this blog post, we’re going to give you some top tips on how to prevent mould and damp from forming in your home. Proper ventilation is key, so make sure you are taking the necessary steps to allow air to circulate freely in your home.
Ventilation is key for preventing mould and damp from forming in your home
If your property has poor ventilation there is an increased chance of moisture building up in the air, which can lead to mould and damp forming. This can be damaging for your health, particularly if you suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
The reason for moisture build up is due to warm, moist air from cooking or washing getting trapped inside your home. If there isn’t enough ventilation, damp and mould could start to form on walls, ceilings and in nooks and crannies.
The good news is that you can prevent this from happening by ensuring your home has sufficient ventilation.
Different ways to ventilate your home
There are a few different ways to ventilate your home, depending on your needs and budget. For example, you can use a fan or an extractor unit to help clear moisture from the air in your kitchen and bathroom.
Other options include opening windows whenever you can to let fresh air circulate around your home, or installing trickle vents that allow air into rooms even when they are closed up and locked. These will prevent condensation from forming on windows and walls, and will also help to keep your home warm in the winter.
If you have a loft, it’s important to make sure that it is well ventilated too. This can be done by installing vents or rooflights, which will allow hot air to escape from the attic and fresh air to circulate.
Install a ventilation system for optimum air circulation
If you want to take your ventilation efforts up a notch, and avoid having to open windows or install vents manually, it may be worth investing in a whole house mechanical ventilation system.
When investigating your options you will need to consider installing either positive input ventilation (PIV) systems or mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) systems. PIV systems involve a fan being installed in the loft that draws fresh air into the building and distributes it throughout your home. MEV systems involve installing fans in several rooms around the house to draw moist, stale air out of them. It’s worth noting that some MEV systems have both an input and extract fan, which can help to keep your home even more ventilated.
There are two main types of mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) systems: intermittent and continuous. Intermittent MEV uses a timer to turn on for 20-30 minutes every hour, while continuous MEV works without stopping, constantly drawing in fresh air and expelling stale air.
The type of ventilation system you choose will depend on your home’s layout, the age of your property and how much you’re willing to spend. If you have a smaller home with only one or two rooms that need ventilating, an intermittent MEV system may be all you need. However, if your home is large or has multiple problem areas (such as bathrooms and kitchens), then you may need to install a continuous MEV system.
If you’re not sure which type of system is best for your home, or you would like some help in choosing and installing a ventilation system, get in touch with our team of experts. We can provide you with all the advice and support you need to ensure that your home is properly ventilated all year round.
Make sure to clean your vents regularly to ensure they’re working properly
The last thing you want to do is clean the vents in your home, but it’s essential if you want to keep them working efficiently. The best way to do this is by vacuuming the grill and then washing it with a cloth soaked in warm water mixed with soap or detergent (in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines).
Make sure you don’t use any bleach or harsh chemical cleaners as they can damage the metal components of some ventilation systems.
Keep an eye on humidity levels and adjust them as needed
Too much humidity can cause problems such as mould and mildew to form, while not enough humidity can lead to dry skin and respiratory problems.
Fortunately, both of these issues can be corrected by adjusting the humidity levels in your home. You can do this manually using a humidifier or dehumidifier or by installing a ventilation system that includes a humidity control component.
Whichever option you choose, make sure to keep an eye on the humidity levels and adjust them as needed.
Finding a professional company to help with ventilation
If you’re not sure how to go about improving the ventilation in your home, or if the job is too big for you to take on yourself, then it may be time to call in a professional.
A good ventilation company will be able to assess your home and recommend the best course of action, whether that’s installing a new system or making simple adjustments to improve the existing one.
So don’t suffer any longer with mouldy or damp walls – get in touch with a professional ventilation company today!
Ventilation is key for preventing mould and damp from forming in your home, and there are a few different ventilation options available. Installing a ventilation system is the best way to ensure optimum air circulation, but make sure to clean your vents regularly and keep an eye on humidity levels so that you can adjust them as required. If you need help with ventilation, contact Eco Providers. We’ll be happy to discuss your options and help you find the perfect solution for keeping your home healthy and free of moisture damage.
Book a free consultation to discuss ventilation in your home at https://www.ecoproviders.co.uk/contact-us