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Condensation in the winter garden - information and tips

Conservatory owners often have to deal with a rather unpleasant phenomenon, especially in the cold season: small drops of water have formed overnight on the window panes or on aluminum profiles, which slowly trickle down and leave damp spots. At first glance, it is often concluded that there are structural defects: Could it be that the water is entering from the outside? In fact, this is only rarely the reason for the water on window panes and aluminum profiles.

Much more likely is a basic physical principle, which may also make itself uncomfortably noticeable in other places in your own four walls: When air enriched with water cools down, it loses part of its storage capacity and gives off moisture to the environment. This process creates what is known as condensation, which in the winter garden can mainly settle on panes of glass. The following guide explains what consequences this condensation can have and how winter garden owners can take preventive action.

How is condensation formed?

The process that explains the formation of condensation water is actually very easy to describe: The term condensation describes the process in which a substance changes its physical state from gaseous to liquid. The reason for the formation of condensation water is the nature of the air. This can be enriched with moisture (in the form of water vapor) up to a certain point. The warmer the air, the more water it can bind. However, as the temperature drops, the air loses this ability and has to release the stored water vapor again. In the course of this transformation, this changes its physical state and turns from water vapor to so-called condensation water.

In a winter garden there is usually a relatively high level of humidity. Due to the spatial separation from the rest of the house, the exchange of air is usually much lower, which is why moisture-rich and moisture-poor air rarely mix. Anyone who has also placed various green plants in their winter garden increases the level of humidity even further. Then when night comes, the temperatures outside the winter garden drop. The air in the conservatory cools down a lot, especially at the windows, where the weakest insulation is available. As a result, the ability of the air there to bind moisture decreases and the condensation water settles on the cold panes.

Other factors that can promote the development of excessively high humidity are:

  • Cook
  • Breathing air
  • take a shower
  • Washing and cleaning
Danger: However, condensation is not always found only on panes of glass: Condensation can also settle on very cold or poorly insulated walls. This is not necessarily visible, but can lie on the wall in the form of fog and slowly but surely let it become damp.

What are the consequences of the formation of condensation water?

Anyone who occasionally discovers a drop or two of condensation on the glass panes in their own winter garden does not have to fear the worst. A permanently high degree of humidity in the conservatory can, in turn, have negative consequences. Mold growth is the most common negative consequence of excessively high humidity. Particularly tricky: Even if the condensation is not visible at all - as on many walls, for example - the high humidity alone can cause mold to develop on walls or windows. This not only has long-term consequences for the structural substance of the winter garden, but above all for its residents.

Mold on the walls of the winter garden not only look ugly, but can also be harmful to health. Allergies or diseases of the respiratory tract can develop in the long term, particularly in the case of health impaired or sensitive people.

Note: If there is already mold in your own apartment, all further actions depend on the size of the infected area. In principle, it is possible to remove a minor infestation yourself. If necessary, however, it may be necessary to consult a specialist. The faster you act, the less the mold can spread.

How can the formation of condensation water be prevented?

If you want to prevent mold growth and unsightly condensation on the panes, you can reduce the humidity in the winter garden as well as in other living rooms with a few simple steps. First of all, it is important that the humidity as such is kept relatively low. This can be ensured by a regular exchange of air, which brings new, low-moisture air inside and at the same time transports moisture-rich air outside. It is best to ventilate the winter garden at least twice a day for five to ten minutes. The so-called intermittent ventilation is important: All windows should be fully opened and not just tilted.

Correct heating of the winter garden is also important. In the winter months in particular, many winter garden owners use the additional part of the building less often. The result: the door to the winter garden is closed and the air in it slowly but surely cools down. As a result, it loses the ability to bind moisture and condensation forms on the glazing but also on the walls. If you want to avoid this, you should also heat your own winter garden sensibly in the winter months. Keeping the air in a heated state increases its ability to bind moisture and thus prevents the formation of condensation.

If regular ventilation and heating are not sufficient to prevent the formation of condensation, additional aids may be advisable. There are special ventilation devices or dehumidifying devices that help regulate the humidity. A moisture meter can also be a worthwhile purchase. With its help, the level of moisture in the air is controlled, so that whenever it has risen too much, the appropriate measure to reduce it can be implemented. Sometimes it can help to bring about structural changes in order to avoid the formation of condensation. Glazing in particular can bring about a decisive improvement in this context: insulating glazing ensures that the cold air from outside has less of an impact on the air inside the winter garden. As a result, it does not cool down as much at night or in the winter months and does not have to give off moisture in the form of condensation.

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