Condensation in Conservatories
Posted on January 12, 2012 by Rodney Hewitt
With the recent cold snap many people are suffering with condensation problems, which can be worse in a Conservatory.
So we thought we’d try and answer a few common questions we get asked about condensation….
Q1. Why Does Condensation Form?
Answer: There are 3 factors that cause condensation: 1.Water Vapour in the air 2.Inside room temperature 3.Outside temperature.
The first two are controllable, the outside temperature obviously isn’t, which is why condensation is often worse in winter.
Q2. Why is the Condensation in My Conservatory Worse than in My House?
Answer: If your conservatory is new then a huge amount of vapour needs to escape from the building process. Apart from this your conservatory is designed to be air and water tight, it doesn’t have any natural ventilation in the same way your house does, so moisture produced cannot escape if it remains unventilated. The conservatory will also not be build to the same regs as your home, so it won’t have the same insulation value, therefore in cold weather the conservatory will be colder than your home and require more heating.
Q3. How Can I Reduce Condensation?
Answer: Reduce the amount of vapour being produced in the room. As much as possible maintain a fairly warm temperature in the room. Try to ventilate the conservatory as much as possible. (this last point may sound like a contradiction, but it’s an important part of solving the problem)
For more detailed explanation of the above points, you can download the glass and glazing federation’s brochure on the subject. : GGF Condensation