When a property isn’t ventilated correctly, this can cause a number of problems. If condensation builds, it can settle as mould on cold areas. Not only is this unsightly but it also smells and can exacerbate health problems such as asthma. There are many ways in which a property of any size can be ventilated:
Whole house heat recovery
One of the most popular ventilation services around, a whole house heat recovery system stops condensation from forming in a property. Any moisture in wet rooms, such as bathrooms and utility rooms, is taken out and replaced with fresh air that is from outside. Thanks to a heat exchanger, the vast majority of the heat that is inside stays in a property and the temperature isn’t affected. Even when a whole house heat recovery system is turned on during the winter for the vast majority of the day, the heat which is generated by radiators or an electric heater remains inside and doesn’t escape.
During the summer, open windows does provide adequate ventilation. In north and south facing properties, a lot of stale air can be in a property. Double glazed windows do open slightly so that a small gap is at the top which allows air to leave a property and fresh air to come in. Even when it is empty, a property will feel very fresh.
An extractor fan can remove stale air and replace it with fresh air. It can be operated by a switch which also turns a light on and off. When a shower is being used, an extractor fan can also be turned on and the condensation which is in there is removed. In a large family home, a lot of moisture can build when everybody uses a shower every night. However, by switching on an extractor fan, the vast majority or perhaps all of the condensation which is generated won’t cause a problem. In studio properties that have a combined bathroom and living room, it can be uncomfortable when moisture is still in there hours after. When an extractor fan is turned on, a studio apartment won’t have any moisture at all. As it doesn’t make a lot of noise, an extractor fan won’t disturb neighbours even when it is turned on for hours at a time.
Small vents can be installed to an outside wall. In kitchens or basements, fresh air can come into a property and stale air is able to escape. When vents are fitted in rooms which have more moisture than others, the problems caused by stale air won’t arise. As a result, a property will feel fresher and more enjoyable to live in. A company that specialises in heat recovery ventilation systems is able to fit vents in many areas of a property. If their customers don’t know where vents should be, advice can be given regarding suitable locations. As vents are purchasable in a variety of sizes, they can be unnoticeable and, as a result, blend in with the background.
This article was brought to you by BPC Ventilation. They provide ventilation services and heat recovery ventilation systems throughout Northern Ireland.