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Can curing condensation save money?

Stephen 08/12/2017 0 Comments

Can you cure condensation AND save money at the same time? Yes and here’s how.

Even if your time is of little value not having to sponge windows or bleach black stains is a small saving.

Many of our clients have suffered the loss of £100s worth of property. I looked at a flat in Torquay last year and a new £400 divan bed was destroyed by mould in 4 weeks. The mould had eaten through the webbing underneath and the springs had collapsed.

Many others report ruined leather coats and shoes – leather is particularly at risk as mould spores seem to thrive on it and once the surface is eaten the whole item is worthless. Valued photos become mildewed and irreplaceable.

Wallpapers do not need replacing so often and paint lasts longer if damp is under control and this can be a big saving over the years

Dry homes do not have as many infestations of dust mites and creepy crawlies that destroy food.

Damage to health is an important factor…..estimates vary but as many as 10% of breathing difficulties may be the result of poor air quality and dampness in properties. Days off work and asthma attacks disrupt life and can reduce income in severe cases. ( The EU is bringing in new rules to ensure everyone is protected against damp living conditions.)

The biggest savings are not so obvious as they are hidden- more efficient use of heating.

Once a home is dry it takes a lot less energy to heat the walls, ceilings and floors because the surfaces do not conduct heat away so quickly and there is less mass to heat. About 20% of your heating bill heats the air and this air is more easily warmed if it is dry. Most startling is the “comfort effect” of living in a dry home. The air will feel warmer at a lower temperature, so the central heating control can be turned down.

A PIV system costs a lot to install but typically lasts about 10 years – it also costs very little to run. Over 10 years it pays for itself in money and improved health.

NB.  Turning the heating up does not reduce dampness it merely reduces humidity temporarily and is very costly. 

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