30 September 2016
Winter is coming…
And as it gets a little chillier, you may have noticed some condensation in your conservatory. Perhaps the walls feel a little damp and maybe the floor is event wet.
If this occurs, don’t panic! Condensation is a common problem in conservatories which can be easily improved...
What Causes Condensation?
Conservatories are built to be air and water tight which is great for keeping the heat in and protecting against the wind and rain at this time of year.
This does mean that your conservatory isn’t always well ventilated and, as the temperature drops outside, warm water vapour can build up and turn to liquid as it hits the cold glass surfaces in your conservatory.
The Problem With Condensation In Your Conservatory
Condensation might seem like a harmless inconvenience but if it’s not addressed, it can actually lead to some pretty serious issues.
Condensation is a cause of damp which can result in mould. Mould not only damages fabric and surfaces but it can also create health problems for you and your family, such as illnesses of the throat and lungs.
It’s therefore of the utmost importance that you try to prevent condensation in your conservatory before it has the chance to lead to troublesome mould.
How To Prevent Condensation In Your Conservatory – 8 Great Tips
1. Ventilate Your Conservatory
The key to preventing condensation is good ventilation. It might seem a little counter intuitive, but keep the room warm (using a portable heater if necessary) and leave windows slightly ajar for a few hours each day to let the air circulate. Keeping the door open, from the conservatory to the rest of your home, will also help reduce the risk of condensation.
2. Ventilate Your Entire Home
It’s worth ensuring that the rest of your home well aired too, to prevent any build-up of excess moisture. Keep doors open and use cooker hoods and extractor fans when cooking, bathing or washing clothes. If you haven’t already; think about moving your tumble dryer outside of the house as these appliances are major culprits of adding moisture to your home in the winter months.
3. When Drying Clothes…
Don’t leave laundry to dry in your conservatory is this will only contribute to the moisture levels.
4. Install Trickle Vents
Have trickle vents fitted when installing your windows. These little slots that are positioned at the top of your window, a
5. Or Try Condensation Catchers
If installing trickle vents simply isn’t feasible, try the cheaper and lower commitment option of placing condensation catchers on your window sill. These are absorbent strips that catch the moisture to stop it leading to damp.
6. Avoid Having Too Many Plants In Your Conservatory
While plants might be a nice aesthetic addition to your conservatory, they do produce moisture so it might be best to move them outside for the winter months.
7. Double Glazing
Double glazing your conservatory may also help with condensation as it will increase the temperature of the surfaces inside.
8. Put A Dehumidifier In Your Conservatory
If you’ve already tried some of the tips mentioned and the condensation problem is persisting in your conservatory, you can place a dehumidifier in the room to try take away some moisture.
Get A CosyRoof
Although all the tips mentioned above will help improve your condensation issues, they won’t resolve the problem completely.
Instead, you might want to consider converting to a CosyRoof which is properly tiled, fully insulated and breathable. Having a CosyRoof, rather than a glass ceiling will help as there will be one less cold surface on which condensation could form.
The temperature control that CosyRoof offers also stops your conservatory from getting too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer.
If you have issues with condensation in your conservatory, get in touch with us now to find out how we can stop condensation in your conservatory.