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How to Prevent Condensation in Your Conservatory

24/02/2015

We may be near the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to escaping the cold winter months but there is still a chance for more bad weather. If you own a conservatory you may have noticed a reoccurring problem during the winter and that's condensation on your windows. Condensation is a nuisance and doesn't look particular pleasant either, so why do we get it? In this week's blog we will explain what causes condensation and how to get rid of it.

What causes condensation?

When the air cools outside you are more likely to get condensation in your conservatory. This can be down to minimal ventilation due to the door often being shut, which lets moisture build up in the air as water vapour, condensing to water as it hits the cold glass surfaces in your conservatory. It may look like the conservatory is causing the condensation; it is actually just making it more visible.

Conservatories are made to be air and water tight, which is great as it means they prevent any natural elements such as rain or snow entering. However, it can cause ventilation issues which are the main causes of condensation. If condensation is left, it can cause problems in your home, creating mould which can damage your property and your families' health if left long enough.

How to combat condensation

There are many things you can do to prevent condensation or at least reducing the build-up. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Ventilation is the key, so while it may sound contradictory, opening a window slightly and having the heating on in the room will ensure that air flow properly around the room.
  • Open windows when bathing and washing up
  • Use ventilation such as cooker hoods where possible and vent tumble dryers outside
  • Window coverings can sometimes make the problem worse by trapping the moisture against the window. Make sure blinds and curtains allow for airflow.
  • You can have trickle vents installed in your windows as they can help to let air flow in and out of your conservatory.
  • For very moist areas, consider buying a dehumidifier. These draw the moisture out of the air, stopping it forming on the windows.

We hope this helps you tackle any condensation issues you may be experiencing and if you would like any advice about our conservatories please feel free to contact us on 01603 600505.

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