Condensation can be a significant problem for people who use shipping containers regularly. It commonly occurs when the air inside the container becomes too humid, resulting in water droplets on walls, windows and furniture. A build-up of moisture in your container can threaten whatever is inside and lead to moisture damage which can ruin your cargo and endanger the life of your business. Controlling condensation in shipping containers may help you save money on cargo damage while also improving your company's bottom line. Here are some tips you can apply to reduce condensation in your containers.
What is condensation?
Condensation is a common problem for people living or working in shipping containers. It commonly occurs when the air inside the container becomes too humid, resulting in water droplets on walls, windows and furniture. Once there's too much moisture buildup in your container, your cargo can be affected in the following ways:
- Mould and mildew development
- Corrosion on metal objects
- Packaging deterioration, especially on cardboard
- Caking of powder in some goods
As you can see, it is crucial to avoid condensation in your container. The following and Fore can not only damage your cargo but also cause considerable losses to your business or personal belongings.
What factors can cause condensation?
The condensation level in your container varies depending on several conditions. By understanding these conditions and acting around them, you can mitigate most, if not all, the buildup of condensation.
Firstly, the temperature inside your container can affect whether liquid will build up or not. It's essential to regulate the internal temperature as it will shift in the day and night. Inconstant temperatures can cause condensation.
Ventilation is a significant contributor to condensation, as a lack of ventilation will allow moisture to build up, as it has nowhere to go. Proper and constant airflow can help equalise the temperature inside the container with the temp outside, reducing the chance of condensation building up.
The amount of free space in your container can also affect the level of condensation you may experience. More air space means more moisture content in the air, increasing the chance of condensation. Think about using more of your space or taking up free space to mitigate moisture.
How can you combat condensation?
With air conditioning, you can mitigate condensation with insulation, encapsulation, dehumidifiers, and temperature regulation. Since condensation results from excessive humidity, companies that store goods in shipping containers should monitor humidity levels to avoid condensation. You can do this by adding a ventilation unit or air conditioning unit to your container.
Another effective way to prevent condensation is by installing insulation on the walls and ceiling of the container, which is a cheaper and faster option than encapsulating the entire unit. A more expensive but effective method is to get a dehumidifier for the shipping container. An insulated storage container won't be as affected by the external temperature and will allow your cargo to sit comfortably. Insulation also provides air conditioning to work easier, as it will spend less energy trying to regulate the internal temperature that can change from the outside weather.
Any of these methods will help combat condensation and protect your cargo from damage. You may not need to implement all of them in most cases, but you will need one or two. If you want to explore the range of shipping containers for sale and how we can offer you a condensation-free experience, talk to the experts at Betta Storage today.