Arguably the biggest frustration for any conservatory owner in the winter is condensation. During this time of the year, condensation is a common problem and it is one that could lead to several problems if neglected. If untreated, the moisture build-up can lead to some unpleasant mould building up which can damage your window frames, sills and most importantly your rattan furniture
– Not to mention the health problems mould can cause with spores being released. The best way to cure mould and condensation is by prevention so we’ve outlined the causes below to show you how to reduce it from happening.
So How Is It Formed?
Simply put, condensation is the name given to the process water vapour becoming liquid. Condensation forms when the air has reached the saturation point and can no longer hold any more water, or when the temperature of the air drops to a point where the water molecules in the air slow down to a point where they begin to cluster together. As a result, this is why you see it form on the windows of your conservatories as the indoor air comes into contact with the colder glazing, creating water droplets on the glass.
So What Is The Solution?
The best way to prevent his from happening is ventilation. Subjecting the room to some fresh air and circulation will help as modern builds are often more airtight than they were years ago. One of the main ways to prevent build-up is to increase the temperature of the air, keeping your conservatory warm and circulated but this doesn’t clear the root of the issue. By improving the airflow, you can release the built up vapour through simply opening the windows and allowing the vapour to escape. Using a heater in tandem with open windows will keep the water in the air in vapour form, preventing it from cooling too much, but will also increase convection so that it can leave the room easily.
Often an effective conservatory radiator will ensure that the room temperature is warm and the air gets circulated. On those odd days where the weather is not horrific, open your conservatory doors and let the room breathe.
For those of you who are faced with continued condensation and spots of mould, it will be worthwhile getting a dehumidifier to alleviate the moisture from the air to prevent future occurrences. Obviously, this isn’t as cost friendly as you’ll have to consider using more electricity and buying the products itself but it will give you the best results.
You could also try a window vacuum; this handy tool will make removing condensation a simple and straightforward job as its much quicker and easier than wiping them down with cloths.
In addition, drip strips can be used. Strips can be added to the bottom of the window so that is captures and absorbs so it can catch any moisture that runs down the pane. This is a cheap option but it requires frequent attention as the strips need to be wrung out every so often.
The beauty of all of the remedies above is that they are quick and easy solutions to implement. Damp is never a pleasant thing to look at so by taking the time to increase your ventilation will go a long way when it comes to tackling those condensation problems.