Energy efficient? – 5 Tips to help

Becoming more energy efficient isn’t just for those of us who want to save the environment. Being energy efficient can really help your wallet. Whether it’s something as big as installing solar panels, or something as small as turning off the lights and electric sockets, when you cut back on how much energy you use you save money. There are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient here is just a few:

  • Insulation to your loft is a money saver keeping heat inside during a cold winter. When the weather heats up, this will also help keep cool air in your home.
  • Make sure your windows and doors are well sealed will keep your home draft free and warm keeping down those high heating efficient insulation
  • It maybe time to upgrade those windows. If you don’t already have double glazing fitted, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make to your annual energy bills.
  • Upgrade your boiler. Did you know inefficient boilers could be adding more than £200 a year to your energy bills? Upgrading yours boiler is a great way to slash what you pay in the long term.
  • Consider Solar Panel to enable you to generate some of your own heat/power.




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Condensation controlled by Positive Input Ventilation Systems

What is a PIV? 

A PIV is an electrical unit used to reduce condensation and improve air quality and ventilation within any property.

Where would the PIV be installed?

We install PIV’s in the loft area and a vent would be placed at the top of the landing area in your home. This is the perfect position to give the PIV the area it needs to move the air around your home. Cannon generally install and set up the PIV within three hours.

How does a PIV work?

The unit works by drawing fresh air from the lofts natural leakage points. This air is then passed through the filters of the unit and gently introduced into your home. This keeps the rooms well ventilated, air fresh and condensation to a low.

What are the benefits to having a PIV installed?

A few of the many benefits to having a PIV installed are:

  • Cures condensation within your home
  • Reduces the risk of mould growth
  • Removes indoor air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and radon gas.
  • Research has shown that preventing moisture in a home can reduce allergic reactions to dust mites and other pollutants that affect those suffering from respiratory disorders.

We are currently offering a PIV which is at the very edge of modern technology and comes with a 7 years parts warranty.

The benefits to this particular model are:

  • An integral 400W heating element which is situated behind the ceiling diffuser ensuring minimal loss of heat whilst tempering the air flow through the diffuser into the property.
  • Manual system controls
  • Remote sensors are available
  • Low cost electrical consumption typically using around 8p per day
  • Automatic switch off onto standby mode when temperatures pass such that condensation would not occur within your home e.g. during the summer time

For more information and prices on our PIV units please enter your contact details and a member of our office staff will contact you directly to discuss.

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Ventilation advice

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Did you know 1 in 5 of every damp survey requests Cannon attend is an issue with poor ventilation?

Here we give you basic signs to watch out for to help protect your property together with some wise words of wisdom.


Condensation is where warm air created by everyday living comes into contact with cooler air or a cold surface this causes a form of dampness.

Poor Ventilation creates condensation build up. Condensation issues left for long periods of time untreated will lead to damp and mould growth within your property.

What to watch out for:

  • Water running down walls
  • Mould growing in corners of rooms, behind furniture, spotting on glass or around windows
  • Windows streaming (especially on a morning)
  • Unpleasant odour’s

Condensation left untreated will damage paint along with the plaster and also cause window frames to decay.

For further advice on reducing condensation please refer to our free advice guides and click on ways to reduce condensation in your home.

Poor Ventilation causes Stale Air

Stale air usually caused by cooking smells, people smoking and other odours will linger within your home due to lack of ventilation.

Health Issues

Asthma, headaches and allergies being a few that can be mentioned.  Good ventilation reduces allergens which become trapped and concentrated inside your home.


The first recommendation is:

It is always wise to get professional’s advice! Cannon surveyors see too often customers who self diagnose the issue wrongly together with a lot of wasted money.

Most condensation issues can be rectified easily without much mess or stress.

Solutions to the problems can be:

  • Air bricks
  • Vents
  • Trickle vent
  • Humidistat fans
  • PIV units

The general point is good ventilation improves the air quality and also helps with condensation issues in your home.

If you would like professional advise why not take advantage of our free survey’s.

For information on our PIV units click on the link