Natural (Free) Ventilation
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For some homes taking advantage of natural home ventilation is sufficient to address home dampness and air quality.
Natural ventilation is simply opening windows and doors once or twice a day to allow natural airflow to rid the home of stale moisture laden air. This can be sufficient for some people and is recommended as a first step.
If natural ventilation is insufficient or if security, mosquitoes, air quality, outside noise and/or cold temperatures are an issue then a home ventilation system is the best option.
There are a range of modestly priced products you can add to your home to allow secure natural ventilation.
Window stays - these let you leave windows open for ventilation without totally compromising your security. Look for options where the lock cannot be reached from the outside.
Magnetic mesh screens - if mosquitoes and other insects mean leaving windows open on hot summer nights isn't possible then these magnetically attached screens may be a viable option.
Door screens - lockable door screens allow you to create a cross breeze through your home in summer while maintaining security.
Shower domes - this plastic dome fits over some showers to confine most of the moisture to within the shower cabinet.
Fans - for summer the air movement of fans can provide cooling ventilation at a modest cost.
3 questions & answers about this product
What are the main sources of moisture in a home?
- Leaks and pooling water under the home.
- Showers & bathrooms (keep doors closed as much as possible).
- Cooking, boiling kettles and washing dishes.
- Drying laundry inside or in an clothes dryer that's not vented externally.
- Unflued gas heaters.
- People breathing and perspiring.
How does dampness affect health?
Addressing home dampness and overall air quality in your home will improve your family's health with savings in terms of doctors bills, medicines, sick days off school/work and overall wellbeing.
Mould spores and fungi can be toxic in the home and are an aggravating condition for respiratory illnesses (asthma, emphysema etc) allergies, headaches, hayfever and eczema.
How does damp damage my home?
Controlling damp in your home protects the value of your property. Damp conditions are ideal for the growth of mould, fungi and mildew which can:
- permanently damage curtains, wallpapers and adjacent soft furniture.
- damage paintwork.
- create rot and decay on timber components in your home.
The cost to remove mould and replace or repair damage can mount up significantly.