Infrared panels heat surfaces directly, making them more efficient at preventing condensation than convection systems that transfer heat energy through the air. However, electricity remains far more expensive than gas and there are no real-world performance and efficiency studies.
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Sensor data inform cost-effective approaches to damp and mould problems. They may be as simply as changing occupants’ behaviour, or they may require renovations to fabric and services. A sensor network enables renovations to be planned for maximum cost efficiency and forms the basis for ongoing monitoring and service automation.
The problem of damp and mould in the social rented sector can only be solved when landlords have good data on the problem. Sensor networks can provide data that will not only identify rooms at risk of damp but a host of other current and potential problems as well.
In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the impact of air and housing quality on the health of children. In 2022, the tragic death of a child was attributed to damp and mould, leading to the landlord being held accountable. As a result, there are plans to strengthen social housing regulations in the near future.
Indoor mould occurs when relative humidity is consistently over 80% and an indoor wall is cold enough to cause condensation. Damp is prevented by a combination of heating, insulation or ventilation, all of which incur costs. Damp and mould are most often found in older buildings with poor insulation.