How Does Condensation on the Inside of Windows Form?
Condensation forms when a cold surface, such as a window or mirror, has been exposed to air that is full of humidity or moisture. It forms a liquid which can reside on surfaces such as countertops, sinks, mirrors and windows. Some condensation on windows is normal, especially with new windows. However, there are ways to prevent it from becoming an issue.
When condensation on inside of windows is an issue, it is due to the fact that there is an excessive level of moisture or humidity in your household. This tends to happen more often in the winter as the heat inside your home clashes with the colder air on the windows.
This can be an issue if the condensation turns to mold, which can be harmful to your health. In addition, mold can cause the foundation and wooden structure supporting your windows to break down. Therefore reducing the amount of humidity in your home can help protect both our windows and the foundation of your home.
How to Prevent Condensation on Inside of Windows
- Utilize fans: Whenever you are taking a hot bath or shower, or running hot water in your bathroom or kitchen, you should turn on the fan to help reduce the level of moisture in the air. This also applies when you are cooking as steam can cause humidity in the air. Keep your bathroom door shut when you are showering or bathing to keep the moisture from circulation to other rooms in your home.
- Store firewood outdoors: Firewood tends to accumulate water vapors and this could cause extra moisture to form in the air and contribute to the level of humidity in your home. Always store your firewood outdoors.
- Keep the air circulating in your home: One of the best ways to reduce moisture in your home is to keep the air circulating. Operate your ceiling fans year round, even for a few hours a day in the winter, to keep the air flowing. In the winter, fix the ceiling fan so it rotates clockwise to push the warm air downward during colder temperatures.
- Open your windows: Open your windows when the weather is permissible, even for a short period on colder days, to help reduce the amount of moisture in the air and allow fresh air into your home.
- Install storm windows: This alone can help reduce the amount of window condensation, especially during colder months.
- Relocate your plants: Plants produce a lot of moisture so it is best to keep them away from windows as much as possible. Store them in one room if possible and do not overwater them
- Use a dehumidifier: If you are noticing an increase of condensation, especially during the winter, you might want to purchase a humidifier. This can help keep your energy costs at a steady rate as well as decrease the amount of humidity in your home.
If you have tried the above and are still having issues with window condensation, call North Tech Windows and Doors. We can meet with your in your home to assess the state of your current windows as well as discuss options for energy efficient window replacement.