The Impact Of Condensation On Human Health
Sports players always like an nice environment to prepare themselves in, but unfortunately many club changing rooms suffer from neglect.
In professional sports, club dressing rooms are not merely a place where players get changed and listen to a rousing team talk from their coach. Taking football as an example, it is known that the top clubs employ devious psychology when setting up the opposition’s changing room. Some decorate the walls with images of furious home fans, which are designed to intimidate the visitors, while others fiddle with the plumbing and resort to turning off the water completely.
One element that can make or break the changing room environment is temperature. Manchester United players blamed their 3-2 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg on a changing room that was ‘too hot’. But the temperature at the other end of the spectrum can have just as much of a negative impact, particularly when a chilly, damp atmosphere is responsible for the formation of mould.
How Does Mould Form?
Mould can be found in any building that contains excessive moisture. As changing rooms can be left unoccupied for days, weeks or even months at a time, the building could easily become neglected and fall into disrepair. Something as simple as rain seeping in through a cracked window pane or a pipe that’s leaking in the shower area, can cause mould to form.
The Impact Of Mould On Human Health
Mould is much more than an eyesore. It can have a significant impact on human health, both in the short-term and the long-term. If your players are preparing for a match or other sporting event inside an enclosed changing room that contains mould, then unfortunately this could affect their performance. People who will likely be more sensitive to the effects of mould are those with existing allergies such as hayfever, eczema and respiratory complaints such as asthma. As mould produces allergens, it is dangerous to touch or inhale the spores; doing so can cause reactions such as itchy eyes, runny noses or even an asthma attack.
Using Tube Heating In Your Changing Room
It goes without saying that you wouldn’t want the occupants of your club dressing room to be subjected to this health hazard, particularly if they are schoolchildren. But luckily, there is an affordable way to provide a gentle background heat which keeps condensation and mould at bay.
Tube heaters emit a steady temperature which heats at approximately 150W per foot. Although the heat is constant when it is switched on, you can easily control the device by a thermostat which is ideal for changing environments that are only visited infrequently, such as those attached to a pavilion. When the thermostat dips below a particular temp, the tube heater will kick in and begin heating the room. This method of heating is incredibly efficient and easy on the pocket.
In terms of safety, tube heaters are typically fitted to a wall, but so long as you use a heater guard, the occupants of your changing room will be protected if they happen to brush up against it.
Changing rooms are an area that can easily be neglected, but will quickly become a health hazard if you let damp conditions set in. Install a tube heating system to keep mould and illness at bay.