Yurts can stay comfortable year-round, but there’s one problem people who live in cold or wet climates could run into: Moisture. Maybe the windows keep fogging up, the roof experiences condensation, or the air inside feels humid. Mold or mildew might even be a concern.
This is a common problem for some yurts, but it’s not typical for all yurts. For example, yurts made from cotton fabrics are more likely to experience moisture problems in wet environments compared to our yurts. In fact, our yurts stay very dry. The most common reason for moisture problems is due to a lack of proper ventilation in conjunction with bad habits that could bring moisture inside the yurt.
We know it can be frustrating to find condensation forming on the interior of your yurt and dripping onto your belongings. Luckily, there are a number of solutions to resolve moisture problems that may happen.
What Is Condensation?
Simply put, you’ll often find condensation when too much moisture is brought into a yurt and it doesn’t get vented back outside. When the moisture content of the air inside becomes too high, and the air temperature cools, the air cannot hold as much water vapor. Therefore, water is released onto the coolest surface it can find, resulting in condensation. Think of it as adding a cup of water to a pitcher every time you walk into a room. If you never empty the pitcher, it will eventually overflow. Excess moisture and poor air circulation can lead to the formation of mold and mildew over time.
Humidity in your yurt can come from bathing, cooking, hanging up wet clothing, and even breathing. Inspect the following places for water droplets, damp patches, or mold regularly:
- Interior ceilings
- Corners and places with little air flow
- Interior walls
If dripping or puddles are found inside your yurt the first thing that should be done is to trace the water to its source in order to determine if a puncture or tear in the top or side cover is the cause. If there is no visible damage to the exterior, a close inspection of the fabrics should be done, particularly if the yurt is over ten years old, to rule out deterioration of the fabric or degrading seams. After ruling out leakage through damaged or degraded fabrics, look to see if there is condensation on the inner surfaces of the fabrics.
Combat Condensation in Your Yurt
After identifying that condensation is indeed an issue in your space, pat yourself on the back. You’ve now taken the first step to correcting the problem. The next step is to keep a few other key points in mind when moving forward.
First, you can reduce moisture on surfaces by circulating the air inside your yurt. Consider running a fan to increase air circulation and opening your dome skylight occasionally to vent moisture. If you vent excess moisture from the interior of your structure regularly, changes in temperature are much less likely to leave condensation in the future.
Watch out for water if your yurt includes a cook stove or an interior shower. These are both activities that introduce large amounts of water vapor, so installing an exhaust vent in these areas will help expel the majority of moisture created. When installing an exhaust vent keep in mind that they do not necessarily need to exhaust upward and it would be more beneficial to run the venting out through the floor.
If your yurt is not insulated, or only has partial insulation, adding the full insulation package can also reduce the chance of condensation by not allowing the air to cool as rapidly once it reaches the exterior fabrics. Even with the insulation, don’t forget to ventilate regularly, particularly in very wet environments.
If you’re still struggling with humidity, try your best to avoid introducing new moisture when indoors. Avoid hanging wet clothes inside to dry. And be sure to run an exhaust fan during, and 10 minutes after, cooking or showering. Keep air flow in mind: Don’t push your furniture directly against the walls. Having a little space allows air to flow easily behind furniture.
If your yurt is heated using a mini-split (ductless heat pump), they often include a ‘dry mode’ setting, which will help to remove excess moisture.
Additionally, if black mold is ever found on any surfaces, be sure to thoroughly clean the areas.
Pacific Yurts has been the leader in modern yurts ever since we created the industry. If you have any further concerns about how to deal with moisture inside your yurt, don’t hesitate to get in touch.