Window Condensation and Its RemediesJul 06, 2018
Every winter, homeowners have to battle with the problems of condensation on their windows. This condensation usually leads to pooling of water inside your home and will often reduce the windows’ value. This is because it leads to wood rot, molding and damage to the plaster. It is vital for homeowners to understand this problem; its causes and how it can be prevented.
How Condensation Occurs
Condensation on your home windows occurs when warm, moist air inside comes in contact with the cold, dry air from outside. The problem is therefore not with your windows; they only highlight the issue since glass surfaces tend to have a lower temperature than other surfaces in your home. That said, it does not automatically mean that it is supposed to happen. Double or triple pane windows have a layer of gas between the glass panels which prevents this issue. If the seal in your windows is broken, the gas may escape thus making condensation on the windows more likely.
Steps to Reduce Condensation
Seal inner Windows
You should make sure that your inner windows are properly sealed. If not, the moist air will eventually escape to the outer storm window and condense. Sash locks that are firmly latched should be used to close windows tightly. You may use plastic film kits on troublesome windows to increase comfort.
Circulate the Air
Circulating the air in your home can be helpful in reducing condensation. A ceiling fan is perfect for doing this. During winter, you will need the fan to rotate in a clockwise direction to push warm air from the ceiling and back to the floor
Check that warm Air is Reaching Your Windows
Make sure that adequate warm air is reaching your windows. Remove any obstacles such as furniture that is blocking warm air registers. You should occasionally open your blinds and shades. While closing blinds and drapes is a good way to save energy, it may worsen condensation problems since it cuts off the flow of warm air to the windows.
Open Your Windows
If the weather outside is not too cold, you can open your windows to free some of the warm, moist air trapped in your house.
Install Storm Windows
During winter, consider using storm windows to help reduce condensation to your interior windows. The space that is between the two windows will allow the interior window to stay warmer thus prevent condensation.
Turn Down the Humidifier
If you are using a humidifier, you can try to turn it down. Less moisture released into the air means less likelihood of occurrence of condensation.
Move Your Plants
Plants will naturally release moisture into the air. It follows that plants near your window will release moisture that is likely to condense on your windows. Moving plants to a different place away from your window helps to reduce condensation on the windows.
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