Found commonly on glass, walls and floors, condensation is the name assigned to the mechanism of converting water vapor in the air into liquid, but how exactly does this happen and why is it at home? Activities such as heating water and drying clothing emit a lot of water vapor rich air into the home 's atmosphere and when this warm air comes into contact with hotter air or a warmer surface it cannot maintain the same level of humidity. Therefore, droplets of condensation or water start forming on the cold surface. This will grow into moist issues such as black mold if allowed to begin surveillance.
What is Anti-Condensation Paint?
Anti-Condensation Paint (ACP) is an internal water-soluble emulsion that by using Glass Microsphere Processing can greatly mitigate condensation and mold. The Thermilate Technologies InsOpaint anti-condensation paint does not contain any toxic biocides, as opposed to other anti-condensation paints. Walls coated with InsOpaint Anti Condensation Paint feel better to the touch when the heat from the hand is reflected, rather than attracted to the cooler wall surface and escaping.
Glass microspheres act as miniature thermos-like bottles when inserted into a paint film, creating a thermal buffer between cold surfaces and the colder air temperature inside a living room. Provided that the air is shielded against the cooler surface of the container, condensation, and development of the mold are significantly decreased. Another feature of InsOpaint anti-condensation paint is the tendency to overpaint. Anti-mold paints and hygroscopic anti-condensation paints (meaning they absorb heat from the air) cannot be overpainted. This is that once you add a layer over the surface the active film would be painted up. InsOpaint may be overpainted or wallpapered so the consistency will not be compromised.
InsOpaint anti-condensation paint can be used in several applications where condensation can cause issues with the growth of moisture and mold.
The key applications for paints with anti-condensation properties are:
- Toilets and damp rooms
- Kitchens (cooking area)
- Regions where mold grows (before implementation, mold must be washed off)
- Ceilings and Cold Walls
- Areas where insulation is missing
- Commercial uses include shipping containers
- Prefabricated structures with interior surfaces (cladding etc.)
InsOpaint anti-condensation paint prevents corrosion and it can be used on most materials, such as walls and ceilings painted / wallpapered, new and old plasterwork, brickwork, asphalt, galvanized steel, and other decorative plastics. It should be remembered that a small test patch should be trialed before complete implementation is begun to ensure compliance on metal and plastic.
Whatever the condition, before procedure, the surfaces must be fully dried, so that the paint can function efficiently.
What Does Anti-Condensation Paint Do?
Over the past few years anti-condensation paint has gained popularity among homeowners. The paint partly insulates the wall to increase surface temperature, and the paint can also contain a fungicide to prevent mold growth from germinating. This paint is the perfect option if you want to stop potential discoloration and staining.
Increased moisture content of condensing air on cold surfaces causes condensation. Lots of things like running a bath, drying your laundry, or even actually making a cup of tea can induce high air moisture! However, the build-up of moisture can occur in any type of land, whether it is a floor, apartment, or house, new or old.
Anti-condensation paint avoids the creation of condensation and adds an extra layer of insulation to the walls and ceilings by applying glass bubble technology. Glass bubbles are 100% non-toxic, empty balls about the diameter of a human hair which serves as thermos-like miniature bottles when inserted into a paint film. It provides a heat shield between the cool surfaces within a living room and the temperature of cooler air. As a result, walls painted with the anti-condensation paint feel safer at contact when absorbing the heat from the side, rather than drawing and escaping to the colder wall board.
As a homeowner you should take certain steps to increase the air quality within your home to prevent condensation. You should aim to normalize the relative humidity (RH) level of your home to between 40% and 60% of the humidity at the roof. RH can be handled by ensuring adequate heating, cooling, and ventilation in your property along with reducing the output of excess moisture in the air. If you have added anti-condensation paint this state is simple to obtain.
Ventilation specialists suggest drying out their clothing for those living inside a house can lead to decreased condensation. This forbids extra moisture from escaping into the air of the house. If you need to dry clothes indoors, it is best that you open the doors or windows in these spaces.
There are little things that you can do every day to reduce the moisture levels within your house. Even when making a cup of tea, running the bath or tub, make sure that all rooms doors are kept closed. Which prevents vapor condensation from escaping into colder rooms.
If your house is at risk of condensation problems and you do not have an extractor fan in your bathroom or refrigerator, it is recommended that you regularly wipe off your refrigerator or bathroom surfaces. Excess moisture remaining on the surface in condensation will rapidly induce mold formation.
To prevent the occurrence of condensation and mold, it is necessary to have adequate ventilation in and room to maintain normal levels of Relative Humidity (Air Moisture content).