When temperatures outside drop and we turn up our heating, a common problem many of us face is dealing with condensation. Although a seemingly harmless phenomenon, condensation and accumulated moisture in general can often act as the catalyst for even more issues. This is especially problematic in your conservatory, where there is no ventilation and more surface area for condensation to build up. If left untreated, moisture can accumulate and cause damp, mould, even health complications.
In your conservatory, damp, mould and water could have costly consequences. Not only does it make for an eyesore on your windows and roof, but moisture can cause damage that can’t be simply wiped away. Standing water can break down sealant between glass panes and fixtures – as well as corrode metal frames – causing larger leaks and structural deterioration.
The main cause of condensation in your conservatory has to do with the simple fact that conservatories are designed to be air-tight: great for preventing leaks and rain from drenching your furniture, not so great for airflow or preventing steamed-up windows. Condensation seems to be a never-ending problem, especially during the winter, and many struggle with keeping moisture at bay.
Steps to preventing condensation in your conservatory:
- 1. Ventilate: open windows/doors throughout your home.
- 2. Don't leave drying laundry in your conservatory.
- 3. Invest in a dehumidifier.
- 4. Make sure your conservatory blinds/shutters allow for airflow.
As a lot of heat is lost through the glass in your conservatory, the temperature difference can add to the moisture build up. Investing in thermal blinds for your conservatory roof and windows can help to regulate the heat lost and keep it closer to the air temperature around the rest of your home.