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dc.contributor.authorGalvin, Rayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-16en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-17T11:35:38Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-17T11:35:38Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/48795-
dc.description.abstractHigh humidity can lead to condensation and mould formation if a house is well sealed and indoor temperatures fall significantly during the night. Solutions that have been offered are to keep heaters on throughout the night, to increase the thickness of insulation, or to install heat-exchange ventilators. These solutions are expensive. The cultural practice of heating homes to around 20°C during the day and evening has been challenged, but lack of heating will not prevent natural temperature swings. A more direct solution is to remove the moisture from the air using a dehumidifier. This study reports a controlled 28-night trial of a dehumidifier in a suburban UK home in winter. The machine drew an average of 680 ml of water out of the air each night and consumed around 1 kilowatt of electrical energy per night, with a high correlation between volume of water collected and energy consumed. Occupants reported that the previously severe condensation problem was solved, and measurements showed that the latent heat of the collected moisture also increased the ambient temperature. The estimated cost of running the machine for half the nights of the year is £23, an order of magnitude cheaper than other solutions.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCSEGRE Norwichen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCSERGE working paper EDM 10-06en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordDehumidifieren_US
dc.subject.keywordcondensationen_US
dc.subject.keywordmoulden_US
dc.subject.keywordfuel povertyen_US
dc.subject.keywordinsulationen_US
dc.subject.stwGebäudemanagementen_US
dc.subject.stwEnergietechniken_US
dc.subject.stwEnergiesparenen_US
dc.subject.stwGroßbritannienen_US
dc.titleSolving mould and condensation problems: A Dehumidifier Trial in a Suburban House in Britainen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn626009278en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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