How to prevent damp and condensation using your heating!
Can we help you prevent damp and condensation problems? Possibly if you follow a few principles. In the UK there is not one typical type of house and our castles vary in age, build and type. In other parts of the world there is often a lot more consistency in the building of homes due to government lead schemes or access to building materials or historical influences.
We still want to live in houses and not necessarily flats as we want to own our own homes. The home is seen as an investment and we to secure our futures with something substantial, this is not to say that flats cannot be, but they tend to be more complex in the outright ownership.
A Great British castle is what we want and we want it to be secure and warm when required. This is probably why heating is so important to our regular customers and prospective ones. Mr Central Heating is like the fifth emergency service and we want to make sure you get the best deal on central heating in the UK.
Looking after your investment whatever type of property is essential and although your central heating system might not be on the first list of priorities it can add value, provide you with hot water, heating and maintain the general condition of your house.
In fact not heating your house through the winter or colder months can cause real issues for buildings, especially if it has been heated previously, flooded or has a lack of ventilation or has damp problems. When the temperature drops, cold air outdoors, can increase the problems with condensation in the home.
The weather in the UK maybe not extreme but it is cold and wet rather than what other northern regions experience of cold and dry. There is no place like home and feeling cold in your castle is made even worse by rain on the outside and damp on the inside.
Condensation which can actually be really problematic and have health effects. It is caused by excessive moisture and differing temperatures between the outside and in.
Mould needs good humidity to thrive and storing open containers of fluids in rooms with heating on will cause higher then normal moisture from evaporation. Black mould growth and mould problems are something that is found in excessively damp homes and needs to be eradicated for the occupants to remain healthy. We all use the radiators on wet days to dry the washing, but this is a sure fire way of raising the humidity levels. If you have a tumble dryer then you'll most likely be aware of the effects of excess moisture since the heat and water vapour generated from the machine can be high. Even washing machines can generate water vapour and humid air.
Be prepared to open windows and allow some air flow to prevent damp or invest in a portable dehumidifier to reduce moist air if you find yourself constantly covering your radiators in washing thanks to the great British weather. We all occasionally need to dry clothes indoors, but if possible do try to dry your clothes outdoors, checking the weather forecast before putting a wash on can help.
A more expensive method but also a long-term solution is to insulate internal walls, external walls and to use loft insulation since this can help keep the temperature in your home above the dew point. What is the dew point? This is the atmospheric temperature point where water droplets begin to condense forming dew.
We often experience this in the bathroom with the condensation being caused by hot water, and although techniques of extraction have come into play, such as extractor fans, these do not always fully eliminate condensation. Privacy aside, another good reason to keep the bathroom door shut is to help reduce condensation problems.
One of the best solutions to condensation is to heat up your home. Central heating is a perfect way to heat your home and stop fluctuating temperatures that cause condensation.