How to Avoid Conservatory Condensation

February 28th, 2017

A conservatory can be a great addition to any property. It will add to the amount of space and natural light in your home and can also increase its value.

However, conservatories are less of a benefit during the winter months. They’re usually chilly and have a tendency to suffer from condensation.

Conservatory condensation can be a big problem if left to build up. Read on to find out more about condensation and how to avoid it building up in your conservatory.

What is condensation?

Condensation is created when water vapour in the air turns to small, liquid drops. This takes place when warm air becomes cold very quickly.

Condensation appears in your conservatory when warm air touches cold glass. It appears specifically on windows because glass tends to be colder than most other home surfaces. Condensation is particularly found in conservatories because they contain a large amount of glass.

Conservatory condensation happens most frequently in winter. This is because conservatories are used less frequently in cold weather and the air inside them gets trapped. This means that water vapour cannot escape via air circulation and ends up condensing on the windows. Condensation accumulation can lead to mould development, so needs to be prevented as much as possible.

How can I avoid condensation in my conservatory?

There are several things you can do to avoid condensation accumulating in your conservatory. These include:

Keeping it ventilated

Leaving a conservatory window open every so often allows air circulation and prevents a build-up of moisture in the air.

Removing plants

Plants can lead to a lot of condensation. Moving your plants into the main bit of your house during the winter will help to stop water collecting on your conservatory glass.

Not using it as a laundry

If you hang wet clothes and sheets in your conservatory, you are bringing water into your conservatory air. Hanging your washing in another part of your home will help to keep your conservatory air relatively dry and prevent condensation.

Keeping it warm

You can also avoid condensation by heating your conservatory. This only has to be occasional and at a moderate heat – just enough to keep the glass warm so water droplets don’t appear.

Installing a dehumidifier

A great way to lower conservatory condensation is to fit a dehumidifier. This will take the moisture out of the air before it settles on your windows.

Ensuring your windows have trickle vents

Trickle vents are small openings that let air move between the inside and outside of your windows without making your home cold. Efficient trickle vents will let some of the moisture in your conservatory escape before it turns into water drops.

Following some of these guidelines should help you reduce the amount of condensation in your conservatory and keep it in excellent condition throughout the winter.