The Building Engineering Services Association have advised that moisture management in homes needs to be a high priority for any refurbishment or retrofit projects. People have understandably been keen to improve the insulation in their property to make the building more efficient and reduce their heating bills.
Reasonably, people are not heating or ventilating their homes as much due to the current energy crisis to retain heat in the building. This can cause damp and mould and lead to cases of respiratory conditions such as asthma which is exacerbated by poor indoor air quality.
Humans take approximately 20,000 breaths a day and if people stay indoors in an unventilated space the indoor air quality can be 10 times more polluted than outdoors. The advice is to open windows for at least 5 minutes daily during the warmest part of the day and before heating the space to improve the air quality.