Why do I need a Drimaster system and how will it benefit me?
If your home is under ventilated, you'll notice streaming windows, musty smells and patches of black mould. The problem is excess humidity, this damp environment encourages dust mites to breed and mould spores to germinate, both of which trigger asthma and allergic symptoms. Keeping your home well-ventilated ensures you remove the mould-spores and dust mite allergens that flourish in humid conditions. It will also ensure harmful pollutants are eradicated.
Damp Cures That Don’t Work
Dehumidifiers remove water only from the immediate area and require regular emptying of the condensate. They don’t provide ventilation to change stale air for fresh air, so can’t extract the moisture-laden air or remove the allergens and pollutants associated with damp, humid homes. They are noisy and expensive to run 24/7. The average unit costs between 2p and 8p per hour to run.
Anti-Mould Paint -
Anti-mould paint applied to the interior walls will mask the tell-tale signs of black mould for a time but if you don’t treat the cause of condensation then the patches will soon re-appear, similarly anti-damp paint applied to the house exterior, the biggest cause of damp problems is inadequate ventilation. Sealing up the natural leakage points of the exterior walls will further increase the problem of stale, humid air being trapped inside the home. Invest in PIV system and you’ll treat the root cause rather than masking the symptoms
Extra Insulation -
Installed in lofts and walls will keep your home warmer but any measures that stop heat escaping also trap humid air inside. It’s a myth that making your home warmer will prevent condensation. The better-sealed your home is, the more robust a ventilation system you’ll need to lower humidity and ensure good indoor air quality.
Passive Dehumidifier Vents -
Passive dehumidifier vents work by allowing water vapour to pass outside through a wall vent with a draft excluder, they are effective at maintaining a low level of background ventilation, but can’t deal with high levels of humidity or indoor air pollutants. They work by slowly diffusing air rather than extracting it, so can't tackle high moisture production from showering, bathing, cooking and drying clothes indoors.
This strategy works best when air is regularly moved, so when doors are opened and closed. This doesn’t happen at night or when the property is unoccupied. The price for supplying and fitting a passive dehumidifier is around £300 per system. An average house would need a minimum of five vents fitted in conjunction with individual extract fans, making this a costly solution that still won’t cure condensation problems.
Opening Windows -
Opening windows when cooking, bathing and drying clothes will help to reduce moisture levels in the immediate vicinity. But if your home is very well insulated, or indeed has a few cold spots, then opening a few windows won’t be enough to remove humidity and stop mould spores germinating. In winter, it’s often less cost-effective to open windows as heat is lost and the indoor temperature drops. Then there’s the issue of safety. At night or when you are away from home, it’s not always practical or safe to leave windows ajar.
The Solution - Positive Input Ventilation (PIV)
For properties affected by condensation dampness, the most effective solution is Positive Input Ventilation (PIV), drawing fresh air from outside into the unit located in the loft or hall area and gently pushing the filtered air into the home. This process is called positive pressurisation.
Moisture-laden stale air is forced out through the natural leakage points and as a result the humidity is drastically reduced and allergens are removed from the air creating a healthy indoor environment
Quiet and energy-efficient in its operation, the Drimaster will reduce the overall maintenance costs of a property by protecting the fabric and materials in the home. The Drimaster Eco range is extremely cost-effective at just few cents per day to run. Installation takes 3/4 hours and the unit is unobtrusive.
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