Conservatories are wonderful spaces to spend time relaxing in, especially during the spring and summer months. The most obvious benefit of adding a conservatory to your home is the increase of living space. In most cases you don’t have to ask for planning permission so the build can start quickly and easily.
If you own a conservatory, you may have noticed condensation problems on the windows during winter months. It doesn’t look good so let’s look at ways to get rid of this.
What causes it?
In scientific terms, condensation is simply the conversion of matter from a gas into a liquid phase. In the case of a conservatory, when cool external air meets warmer internal air (sometimes through poor ventilation) moisture builds up and causes a water vapour.
Because glass gets much colder than other surfaces they suffer more with this problem and being transparent, the problem really stands out. If left untreated, it can lead to damp and / or moisture problems within the home.
How to avoid it?
There are several things that can reduce condensation, most require a very little effort. Here are some:
- Ventilation is the key. Opening a window slightly and having the heating on in the room will ensure that air is flowing properly around the conservatory.
- Moist air within your conservatory leads to condensation and controlling the ambient moisture will directly minimise condensation. A great way to lower conservatory condensation is to fit a dehumidifier.
- Trickle vents installed in your windows can help to let air flow in and out of your conservatory.
- Open windows when creating a steamy environment.