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What Causes Condensation in Conservatories

What Causes Condensation in Conservatories
Category: DIY Conservatories
Posted: 08/12/2016 08:19
Synopsis: Windows in older conservatories can sometimes develop condensation issues ..

Windows in older conservatories can sometimes develop condensation issues however some may experience this in a new conservatory! In older conservatories this problem can develop from the seals in the glazing failing which allows colder air through with reduces the temperature on the inside of the glass. So when the conservatory was new the balance between the internal airflow and moisture versus the internal temperature of the glass was fine, but as the seals have failed on the units condensation then appears. If you develop an issue with condensation within a new conservatory, this is not necessarily related to the quality of the conservatory itself but the performance of the glass, the ventilation within the room and the environment in which the conservatory sits.

Condensation is caused when warm moist air hits a cold face of glass. So some careful thought should be exercised when you consider the makeup of your new DIY conservatory. If you were to use the cheapest glass with a low pitch roof which connected to let's say a kitchen you would need to ensure adequate air circulation to prevent misting or condensation forming on the glazing.

How to avoid condensation in your conservatory - using a performance glass may help as this will mean the inside face of a double glazed unit is affected less by a drop in temperature outside, but this might only mask over an issue of a poorly ventilated conservatory. Warm moist air entering from an adjoining room could cause damp or mould! So the key is to ensure adequate ventilation which can be achieved by the use of trickle vents, opening windows, roof vents and ensuring the correct amount of air bricks are positioned within the base.

What are trickle vents - The windows when shut create no airflow to the outside to allow moist air to exit. A trickle vent is a small vent on the window which can be opened to allow a certain amount of air to pass through.

If your are experiencing an issue with condensation then a humidity detector may prove useful, these are relatively cheap you can pick one up for 5. By using this device you can monitor the moisture levels at certain points of the day, make records of when it spikes and you can counteract this by either reducing the heating at this point or opening a window. A dehumidifier may also prove useful in more extreme cases.

Our team are here to help you choose the correct configuration of conservatory and can guide you through the various options in terms of trickle vents, opening windows, roof vents and how adjoining rooms might affect the DIY Conservatory you are looking at building.



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