Preventing 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.
Can I run a tubular heater for long hours?
Yes, thanks to the low energy usage of our tubular heaters, they can cost less than a penny an hour to run – making them ideal for keeping your porch warm all day. They’re the ideal solution for background heat so are ideal for this environment, helping to prevent frost and condensation, which can be a common issue in porches – leading to mould occurring around windows and walls.
They are much safer to run than many other portable heaters, so you can feel comfortable about letting it run for long hours without causing a fire risk.
Are tubular heaters safe around children?
Tubular heaters can reach temperatures of 120c, so we recommend investing in a Tubular heater guard – especially if children will have access to them.
The guards we sell are compatible with all our tubular heaters and they create a safe barrier between you and the heater, stopping any curious hands from touching! Because of the mesh design, heat can still radiate easily and effectively, so you won’t lose any impact by installing a guard. Our guards are available in both white and cream, complimenting most colour schemes and designs and easily blending into the environment.
Can I programme a tubular heater?
Yes, we supply a range of thermostats to choose from to allow you to have control over the temperature of your tubular heater and when it runs so it can be just as easy to use as your central heating. The ELECTRONIC PLUG-IN THERMOSTAT has 24 hour time control with any easy to read display to make setting up your tubular heater easy.
Our Timeguard Electronic Room Thermostat is also an ideal choice for porches, with a frost control setting and a tamper proof cove, to prevent it being accidently reset.