How To Warm Up Your Cold Porch

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front porchPreventing Condensation And Mould In Your Porch Interior

Do you have unsightly marks on the walls and items stored within your porch? It’s time to do something about them. Find out how to warm up this chilly environment.

Porches make a fantastic addition to any house. They are a handy space to store outdoor boots, coats and umbrellas, providing with it an area to change out of muddy footwear before going inside the home. From a security point of view, porches add an extra layer of protection between the outside world and the main house. That additional door to break in, particularly if it’s of the uPVC variety, is a strong deterrent for burglars looking for a quick and easy entry route into the main residence.

The only thing to be mindful of when building a porch, is the need to keep it warm during those colder months. Here’s why this needs to be a point of focus.

Looking After Your Porch Interior

As the porch is separated from your main home, it won’t necessarily have a source of heat attached to it. As you’re not planning to spend any length of time in there, you may think that this isn’t important. But, the problem is that if, like many porch owners, you wish to keep your belongings in there, then you’ll want to make sure that they’re kept in suitable conditions so that they don’t spoil. If you have a coat stand full of outdoor wear, a rack packed with shoes and a corner dedicated to umbrellas and picnic blankets for instance, then you run the risk of all of them being covered in mould if you leave them trapped in the porch without a heat source.

Similarly, any decorating you do, whether wallpaper or paintwork, runs the risk of being damaged if you don’t look after this area of your home.

How To Prevent Condensation And Mould

When moist air hits a colder surface, such as the walls of your porch or the corners of your windows, then the air is unable to hold the water, so drops of condensation appear. Similarly, this can occur in areas of the porch where the air doesn’t circulate freely, for instance behind a table stand, the folds of your umbrellas or between your coats and the wall. Once condensation has formed, this can turn into mould which is both unsightly and terrible for your health.

Ideally you would ensure that your porch is insulated and draught-proof, which will go a long way towards keeping it warm. However, you’ll also need to provide a gentle heat source to ensure that the conditions are kept above the dew point, particularly in winter. Whilst you don’t want to waste money attaching your porch to the central heating system, efficient electric heaters are an economic option. These provide a consistent background heat running at a low wattage, warming a square foot area at about 150W. The devices simply plug in at the wall and can be linked to a thermostat so that they only release heat when the temperature drops below a certain danger point.

If you’re considering investing in a porch installation, or even if you’ve already got one and need to take better care of it, start to take steps to keep the conditions dry to protect this excellent addition to your home.

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