Condensation in Dwellings

The majority of excess atmospheric moisture within a home is created by lifestyle. The level is the sum of external air plus the moisture generated within the property.

 A  building normally  buffers high humidity provided it is a short  time. some modern materials, which now make up our home reduce its moisture buffering ability.

Severe condensation is caused when the interior  atmosphere starts to get out of balance and humidity levels remain high (+70%) for long periods of time.

 In a nutshell  balanced heating and the correct ventilation at water production points will lower the level of moisture in your home.

The young, elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system, should avoid areas affected by mould growth or dampness. It is not a good idea to sleep in any room affected by mould growth unless the area has been properly cleaned.

To minimise condensation maintain the ambient temperature above 15oC and ideally between 18-21oC,  avoid heating the property for short periods as this will reduce its moisture buffering ability.    When showering or bathing keep the door shut and the area heated and ventilated until it dry.