How to avoid a Condensed Conservatory…Published on 16th January 2015
Anyone who has ever lived in a house with glazed windows – and we’re reasonably confident in assuming that you’re among the number, if you’re reading this article now – will know that for all of the benefits that glazing brings, it also brings one annoying little problem: condensation.
Condensation is caused when the warm moisture in the air forms water vapour and comes into contact with cold surfaces, and as external window glass is generally the coldest part of the home, it’s where we see the most condensation. Glass doesn’t cause the problem; it just makes it easier to see.
As the technology behind glazing has advanced, making glass more thermally efficient and inner panes warmer to the touch, condensation has become less of a issue, particularly in conservatories by specialist companies like Apropos. We’ve spent a lot of time researching the problem and working out how to overcome it. One of the hitches with our modern thermally-efficient homes however, is that there is less ventilation, meaning that some condensation is bound to form when things get steamy in the kitchen or bathroom.
As condensation can lead to mould, which in turn can damage furnishings and cause bronchial problems, it’s best to tackle the problem, and we have a few tips to help you along.
- Ventilate – Common sense dictates that we close the windows when the heating is on, but if you’re conservatory has vents, open them enough to let in a trickle of air. Proper ventilation keeps condensation at bay.
- If you use your conservatory as a kitchen-diner, open the windows when you’re cooking, particularly when making things that involve steam, and make sure that you use a cooker hood extractor fan.
- If you have a tumble dryer, it’s worth connecting it to an external vent.
- If you can avoid it, don’t hang wet washing on radiators – it creates water vapour, exacerbating the problem.
- Try to keep your home at a steady temperature – fluctuation naturally causes damp.
- Invest in curtains and blinds which allow for airflow – window coverings often trap moisture against the glass, which leads to mould.
- In older conservatories it can be worth using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers draw moisture out of the air before it has the chance to settle on glass and cause problems.
- Generally we’re proponents of house plants, as they are nature’s little air purifiers. However, plants do also contribute to condensation, so if you are having trouble, reduce the number of plants in your conservatory.