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Condensation, all you need to know about condensation in windows

October 11, 2015

During the warm months of summer, your home’s windows will remain perfectly clear. However, when the temperatures drop and winter arrives, you will most likely notice condensation at some point or another. Condensation forms when warmer, moisture-laden, air comes into contact with cooler air or a cooler surface. Since your window is in direct contact with the cold winter air outside, it will naturally be colder than the air in your home. Therefore, when the warm air touches cool window, it causes the moisture in the air (the gas form of water) to condense and form water droplets. When condensation builds up on the window, it can run down the walls below. If left unchecked, this could result in the development of mildew which presents a whole host of other problems.

Faulty, old, or damaged windows are more susceptible to water and air infiltration. These gaps and spaces actually allow the humidity in the home to escape which means that there’s less condensation on the windows. New windows have better insulation as well as double or even triple pane glass. This eliminates the movement of air between the inside and outside. So, all the humidity in your home stays inside. Humidity is created by many different ways including simple tasks like washing the dishes, taking a bath, or ironing your laundry. Even breathing releases moisture from the body into the air. So, humidity is created within the home with no real escape. It’s only understandable that it would build up somewhere.

The good news is that there are some very simple tricks that you can use to help reduce the condensation on your windows. There is no substitute for airing your home. It’s a good idea to open your windows and let the fresh air in for at least a few minutes every day. Even if it is freezing cold outside, the fresh air will get rid of a lot of excess moisture as well as the smell of stagnant air. You should also run the exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Keep the fans on for several minutes even after you think the bathroom is dry or a few minutes after you’re done cooking.

You should avoid using your humidifier and consider using a dehumidifier instead. Make sure that your curtains or drapes are also opened regularly so that the warmer air in your home can help warm up the windows.

Another highly effective way of reducing the condensation on your windows is by strategically positioning your radiators below the windows in your home. This helps by ensuring that there is an almost constant supply of warm air directly below the window. Since the warm air rises up against the window first, it will warm the glass and thereby prevent and dry up any condensation. You should also wipe the window regularly to remove condensation before it accumulates.

There’s no need to be concerned if you notice condensation on the inside or outside of the window. However, if you notice condensation between the window panes, then this could indicate a problem with the airtight seal, and they might need replacing.

Contact Alma Windows and Doors to find out more about our selection of top quality products. Our experts will be happy to assess your needs and provide you with a free in-house quotation.

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