Condensation on windows can be an indicator that it is time to replace your windows. Besides, it can lead to mold growth, which can result in health problems if not resolved.
So, how does one prevent recurring condensation on their Edmonton windows? Keep reading this blog to find out how condensation is formed as well as how to prevent it from happening again.
The Truth about Condensation on Windows
How Does Condensation Form on Windows in the First Place?
To keep it simple, window condensation forms when the moisture level in the air forms liquid whenever it comes in direct contact with a cold surface, such as a windowpane. This is referred to as the “dew point.” As warm air has higher levels of humidity or moisture than cold air, the indoor temperature of your home will lower as this occurs. As the weather outdoors gets increasingly colder, condensation, or even frost, will start to appear on the surface of your windows.
Condensation on Inside of Windows
While condensation on windows outside your home is a common occurrence, the opposite could pose an issue. Condensation on the inside of your windows could be a telltale sign that the window unit needs to be replaced. If the condensation does not disappear when you wipe your finger on the windowpane, it is an indicator that the window unit is malfunctioning.
Double and triple-pane windows are often filled with inert gases. If these gases start to leak, they will form condensation on the inside of the unit. This is not harmful, but it means that the unit is defective and will no longer be energy efficient.
Moreover, window condensation can lead to such serious issues as mold or mildew growth. This can make matters worse for those who suffer from certain health conditions. In addition, the mold can cause damage to the structure of your window frame as well as the overall structure of your home.
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Tips for Preventing Condensation on Windows
- As cold weather approaches, install storm windows. Also, weather stripping can help protect your home from excess moisture and air drafts.
- Regularly inspect all plumbing and gas appliances in your home. If you notice leaks or other issues, have them resolved immediately.
- Make use of fans and dehumidifiers in rooms that have excessive levels of humidity, such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
- When the weather is applicable, open your windows to allow for fresh air to flow through your home.
- During the winter, use towels placed under your windows to collect any excess moisture. Ring them out and/or replace them daily. Do not allow the wet towels to sit for too long in your home, as this can lead to mold growth.
- Keep all of your plants in one area. Do not water them too much, as this will allow for extra moisture to get trapped in the air in your home.
- Keep such window treatments as curtains and blinds closed when it is cold outside.
- Do not air-dry your clothes, as this leads to excessive humidity and can lead to mold growth as well as condensation.
- Clean your windows regularly to prevent condensation, dirt, dust, and debris from over-accumulating and leading to mold growth.
If condensation on windows is an issue in your home after taking these steps, contact NorthTech Windows and Doors. We can inspect your windows at no cost to determine if window replacement is needed. Call us today for a free quote for energy-efficient windows and doors.