Bartlett and Partners: Discover the surprising truth - how blocking all draughts could actually harm your home
As the colder months roll in, we find ourselves sealing our doors and windows to fend off the wintry chill.
By Heather Nicholls
6th Nov 2023 | Property News
As the colder months roll in, we find ourselves sealing our doors and windows to fend off the wintry chill. We strive to keep the warmth inside, all while grappling with the cost of living crisis and soaring energy bills. So, we take matters into our own hands, seeking ways to enhance the efficiency of our homes – but does it really pay off?
There is a tipping point, though. When a property is sealed up so tightly that there are no draughts, there is also no ventilation. Of course, this will mean the home is warm, but there are side effects of this.
Living in a property creates moisture, which becomes trapped without proper ventilation. As the air cools, the moisture transforms into liquid droplets that cling to your home's walls and belongings. This is how condensation leads to the dreaded mildew. Left unchecked, mildew leads to deteriorating decor and even worse, the growth of mold.
There are ways to handle this problem without leaving your doors and windows open all day, wasting the heat from your radiators and money spent on energy bills.
Read more here.