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We are frequently asked how to handle moisture in the garden room. Water vapour is undetectable until it condenses, which happens
often on window surfaces in the home. What exactly is condensation, where does it originate from, and how can you avoid it? Let’s have a
look.

So, what exactly is condensation?

When we shower, we’ve all seen condensation develop on the inside of our windows and on the bathroom mirror. What causes it, and
how can we minimise or perhaps eradicate it? Condensation is the small droplets of water that form on household and garden room
surfaces when warm air hits a cold surface, such as a window. It can also occur when the humidity in your home is high.

What causes condensation to form?

Condensation is a typical occurrence in the winter, when your heating system is turned on during the colder morning and evening hours.
Warmer air has a greater capacity for retaining water. Everyday actions such as showering or boiling a kettle introduce moisture into your
home’s air. When wet air comes into contact with a cold, non-porous surface, it loses its ability to hold onto its water content, and the
moisture is visible as liquid droplets.

This is uncommon in the summer, as we all know. During the winter months, the amount of water in the air (known as humidity) is
significantly higher, both inside our houses and in our garden rooms. We trap the wet air by turning up the heat and closing the windows.
When the temperature outside drops, liquid water starts to emerge inside your home. Because glass is an excellent conductor, we see
this most frequently in windows, where the panels cool down in response to the low outside temperature.Additionally, the smaller the
area, the more likely you are to observe condensation on the window glass.

So, what does humidity have to do with a garden room? Condensation may seep under wallpaper, bathroom and kitchen tiles, and even
paint, blistering, distorting, and cracking surfaces. Moisture may also wreak havoc on wooden structures and things. If the problem is not
addressed, mould may begin to grow in moist locations.

What is the source of the water vapour?

Water vapour enters your house, garden, office, or annex from a number of places, the most prominent of which are:

When we shower or take a bath, we produce steam.Extractor fans are installed in most bathrooms to remove as much moisture as
possible, but they are not always as successful as we would like.

When we dry our clothes indoors, the water in the wet garments simply evaporates and circulates around our houses.

Cooking, even simply boiling the kettle, generates steam, which is then trapped within your home.

Breathing – Throughout the day and night, humans and animals exhale warm, humid air.

You won’t notice the presence of water vapour within your home until it condenses. The vapour will not condense if the temperature of the
windows and sills is above the dew point, and you will be unaware that it is present.

What’s the best way to keep condensation from forming?

When you see condensation, it’s easy to think there’s a problem with your building, but in most situations, it’s a sign of a well-sealed
structure that’s merely being utilised for regular activities. Homes were draughty and chilly in the past because they were inadequately
sealed and insulated; not ideal for comfort, but good for decreasing warm air and humidity. Draughts allow new air (with less moisture) to
replace the wet air currently present. If a garden room is inadequately insulated, condensation will form on the walls, ceiling, and windows,
as these surfaces are all chilly. Condensation is also more likely to form in smaller and better-sealed structures.

Condensation is common in garden structures and modern homes since they are almost airtight. This is perfectly natural if you are
actively using the area. We make sure that our buildings have ventilation, frequently with a motorised fan, because we are fully aware of
this. However, this is not an answer in and of itself, because sufficient ventilation to completely avoid condensation would imply that the
structures would never be sufficiently heated and would always be draughty. Condensation may be totally avoided by simply opening a
window or two and allowing fresh air to flow for a few hours each day.

Here are some pointers to help you avoid condensation.

If you see condensation on your windows, use a “squeegee” and a paper towel to remove any water droplets. It makes no sense to let it
evaporate back into the air so that it can condense again.

Close the doors to your other rooms while you use the kitchen or bathroom.
When you have a shower or a bath, your bathroom extractor fan should be turned on, and if the room is still steamy when you’re done,
leave the extractor on or open a window.

Most importantly, air out your garden room on a daily basis, especially during the winter months. Allowing stale air to go and fresh air to
enter has no replacement. This is why we design our garden structures with open-tilt windows. They’re a great way to get some fresh air
while still keeping your garden room at a comfortable temperature.

If you can’t manage to keep condensation from building in your garden room because of how you’re using it, a tiny silent dehumidifier is
definitely the solution. If a room, or a section of a room, consistently attracts condensation, these devices can assist by condensing the
water vapour from the air and storing it in an internal reservoir until it is emptied. They’re especially useful during the coldest months of the
year, when the temperature difference between inside and outdoors is the greatest, and we’re more prone to bringing wet clothing and
things inside.

Condensation is, in the end, an issue caused by us just utilising our garden rooms as intended. It can be solved by minimising the
production of water vapour. However, if vapour is present, ventilation should be used to allow the wet air to escape and new dry air to
enter.

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