Posted on 18 06 2024

Condensation Control: Keeping Your Home Dry in Winter

Over the past few years, winter has brought some seriously wild weather: rain, wind, floods, and storms. Many have struggled to keep their homes dry and free from condensation.

A damp home is uncomfortable, and the extra moisture can lead to mould, mildew, and health issues for those who live there. This month's blog has a few tips to keep the dampness at bay, plus a solution that can help - Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV).

What is Positive Pressure Ventilation?

Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) systems pump fresh, filtered air from outside into your home, forcing old, stale, damp air out through vents. PPV systems are perfect for combating condensation, a common issue in many New Zealand homes, especially during winter.

Positive Pressure Ventilation vs. Heat Transfer Systems

You might have heard about Heat Transfer Systems and wonder how they compare to PPV. Let's break it down:

Heat Transfer Systems: Move warm air from a room with excess heat, such as a living room with a fireplace, to other cooler areas of the home, like bedrooms.

While this helps distribute warmth more evenly, it doesn't address the root cause of moisture or improve air quality. Heat Transfer Systems are great for balancing temperature but won't solve condensation issues.

Positive Pressure Ventilation Systems: PPV systems like SAYR remove moisture from your home by replacing old, damp air with fresh, clean air.

PPV Systems and Heat Transfer Systems can be used in conjunction with each other to ensure a warm and dry home with clean air.

Benefits of Positive Pressure Ventilation

  1. Reduced Condensation: No more moisture on your windows or walls, less risk of mould and mildew.
  2. Improved Air Quality: Consistent, fresh, clean air throughout your home.
  3. Energy Efficiency: A warmer and drier home reduces the need for excessive heating, lowering energy bills.
  4. Healthier Living Environment: Reduced dampness and better air quality contribute to a healthier home, especially for those with respiratory issues.

Simple Tips for a Dry Home

  • Ventilate Regularly: Open windows and doors when weather permits to let fresh air circulate.
  • Use Extractor Fans: In kitchens and bathrooms, extractor fans will help to remove excess moisture quickly.
  • Dry Laundry Outside: Whenever possible, dry your laundry outside to prevent adding moisture to the atmosphere inside your home.

Book Your FREE Home Energy Assessment

At GreenSide Energy Solutions, we're here to help you create a warm, dry, and healthy home. Contact us for a FREE Home Energy Assessment, and one of our team members will complete a full check of your home.

The Home Energy Assessment will help us identify your home's ventilation requirements and check insulation and heating. We will also check if you meet the free insulation or heating criteria with Warmer Kiwi Homes and other third-party funders.

Contact GreenSide today to schedule your free assessment. We are here to help!


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