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Cleaning and Preventing Window Condensation

Cleaning and preventing window condensation

August 24, 2015

When the weather conditions and the conditions inside your home meet certain criteria, condensation will form on your windows. Not only does this result in frustration but it can also be quite troubling when you consider the possible problems that could arise as a result. If left unchecked, mould could make itself at home near and around your windows, for example, and this is not just unsightly but potentially dangerous to your health. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to solve this problem.

Firstly, if you don’t know how condensation forms, it’s time to think back to your school days. Water is found in various states. It can be a solid (ice), liquid, and gas form. When water is in a gas form in the air, and it comes into contact with a surface that’s cooler than the surrounding air, condensation occurs. The windows on your home become cold due to the weather conditions outside, and the inside of your home is warm thanks to heaters, fireplaces, and heating systems. So, when the relatively warm, moisture-laden air inside your house touches the cold window, it condenses.

So, what can you do about it? Firstly, you need to expose your windows to the warmth of your home by opening your blinds or curtains regularly. If they remain shut, they will prevent the warm air from reaching the windows. You should also take care when setting your thermostat or regulating the temperature of your home. If your home is too cold, the air won’t retain moisture, and you will notice condensation in more places than just your windows!

When you are cooking, washing dishes, or bathing, you will create a fair amount of steam and add moisture to the air. Use an extractor fan during and after cooking and cleaning. Close your bathroom door after you shower or bath and run the fan and/or open the window completely to allow the moisture to escape.

Don’t forget to air your home! The human body is a water eliminating machine. Even breathing releases water into the air. This is why, in the morning, you will notice more condensation than usual and the air smells rather stale.

A hygrometer will monitor humidity levels in your home, and you can use a dehumidifier to keep levels acceptable. If you do notice condensation on your windows, wipe it off immediately with a soft, dry cloth. If your home is fitted with a central heating system, you can strategically place your radiators beneath your windows. This is one of the most practical ways of keeping them at the right temperature to minimize condensation. As the heat rises from the radiator, it will come into contact with the airspace closest to the window first and then move through the house. Remember that this might result in the air cooling down as it reaches this area but the payoff is more than worth it!

The best way to get the most out of your windows is through proper care and maintenance. Contact our professional team at Alma Windows and Doors for more information on our extensive range of high-quality products designed to suit any home and homeowner’s needs.

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