A conservatory makes for a wonderful addition to any home, providing extra space for dining, lounging or whatever else may suit your family wants and needs. In the midst of winter, you may notice that your conservatory suffers from increased levels of condensation. Here we explain why this happens and what you can do to prevent it.
What causes condensation?
During winter, window panes become very cold. When the warmer air inside your home hits the cool glass surfaces, it transforms into tiny water droplets which we call ‘condensation’. In a room constructed predominantly of glass, it is no surprise that condensation is more prevalent here than in any other room.
Conservatories are designed to be air and water tight and the doors are often left shut during the winter months. This causes problems with ventilation and the moisture in the air will remain trapped in the room and turn to condensation.
If condensation is not dealt with appropriately, it could potentially lead to the growth of mould which can be detrimental to your health and breathing.
How can I prevent condensation?
The key to combating condensation in your conservatory is, first and foremost, improving the ventilation in your home. The idea is to eliminate airborne moisture, so try opening a window slightly whilst you’re cooking, showering, washing the dishes, drying your clothes, or engaging in any other activity that may produce increased humidity.
Conservatories are often home to plants; however, they can also be the cause of condensation. We suggest moving any plants you have into the main part of your house (if not outside) during the cold winter months.
Once you have taken the appropriate measures to limiting condensation in your conservatory, the room will likely feel warmer, allowing you enjoy using it well into the cold winter months.