One day scientists may come up with a way to prevent the effects but, in the interim, here are some tips for coping with condensation in Static Caravans.
The best method of coping with condensation in static caravans is to understand what causes it and then prevent it as much as you can.
What causes condensation?
Mainly poor ventilation in a caravan is the cause. This doesn’t mean there is inadequate ventilation in the manufacturing process. It’s what we do in caravans during the cold weather that makes the difference between lots of problems and just a few.
Modern static homes are usually double glazed and often benefit from central heating. Naturally, when it’s cold outside we keep our windows and doors closed and turn the heating up. Many caravans are insulated. Whilst double glazing, central heating and insulation keeps us warm, these three components also conspire to cause the dreaded condensation. They all diminish ventilation.
Where to look for condensation
Heat retention and reduced ventilation form moisture particularly on cold surfaces. The most noticeable moisture is on windows because they cloud up. However, there are also other areas that might not be so visible such as the interiors of cupboards, wardrobes and cabinets. Moisture will concentrate in the colder corners of rooms too.
Condensation that is not dealt with can form a mould which is highly destructive to fabrics and clothes. It can also lead to wood rotting. The mould is not only unsightly but also damaging to health.
You can’t completely eliminate condensation but you can take steps to reduce it and prevent the damage it causes.
After using your holiday home dry any damp surfaces, walls and cupboards. You can do this by opening all the windows and doors for as long as time allows. This will clear moisture from windows and go a long way toward drying out soft furnishings, fabrics and clothes. You can wipe down walls and cupboards with a dry cloth and then to make doubly sure, use a hair dryer to get rid of any residue.
If you are not going to use the caravan for a long time leave some damp absorption crystals out in dishes. Place one dish of them in each room. These can be purchased at any good hardware or DIY store and they often come with a plastic container to place them in. If you can’t get the crystals, salt is a good substitute.
It’s difficult to dry clothes outside during the winter, but if you can it will reduce condensation. If you have a launderette on site use the dryers.
When cooking, make sure the extractor fan is on. If you have an older model static caravan consider installing an extractor fan or make sure you keep the lids on your saucepans. Boiling things in a saucepan without a lid causes a lot of moisture to escape into your holiday home.
Ensure the air vents are clear of obstruction and open. Closing the air vents not only traps moisture but prevents harmful fumes from fires and water heaters from escaping.
Keeping the central heating on at a lower temperature for longer is infinitely better than turning it up to full capacity for shorter periods.
Bathrooms collect condensation more than any other room. If you don’t have an extractor fan make sure you leave a window open, after a shower or bath, until the moisture clears.
More tips for coping with condensation
Keep an eye on the Whitehouse Leisure Park blog. We’ll add more tips for coping with condensation in static caravans. And of course, managing its damaging effects.