The windows throughout your home are a portal to the outdoors, a way to draw light in while you enjoy the view of your garden, yard or other surroundings. The last thing you need to see is a sweaty window coated in a layer of condensation.
Not only are windows covered in condensation unappealing, they also can be a sign of a larger air-quality problem in your home. Thankfully, there’s multiple things you can attempt to correct the problem.
What Produces Condensation on Windows
Condensation on the inside of windows is created by the damp warm air in your home hitting the colder surface of your windows. It’s particularly common in the winter when it’s much cooler outside than it is in your home.
Inside Moisture vs. In Between Panes
When discussing condensation, it’s necessary to know the distinction between moisture on the inside of your windows compared to moisture in between the windowpanes. One is an air-quality issue and the other is a window issue.
- Moisture within a window is caused from the warm damp air inside your home collecting on the glass.
- The moisture you find between windowpanes is caused when the window seal stops working and moisture seeps between the two panes of glass, in which case the window has to be repaired or replaced.
- Condensation in the windows isn’t a window problem and can instead be resolved by changing the humidity across your home. Numerous things produce humidity in a home, including showers, cooking, bathing or even breathing.
Why Indoor Sweating on Windows Can Be Trouble
Though you might consider condensation inside your windows is a cosmetic issue, it can be a sign your home has high humidity. If this is the case, water might also be accumulating on window frames, cold walls or other surfaces. Even a slim film of water can cause wood surfaces to mildew or rot over time, increasing the growth of mildew or mold.
How to Decrease Humidity Throughout Your Home
Fortunately there are several options for eliminating moisture from the air inside your home.
If you have a humidifier running inside your home – whether it be a smaller unit or a whole-house humidifier – lower it further so the humidity inside your home decreases.
If you don’t have a humidifier running and your home’s humidity level is high, think about getting a dehumidifier. While humidifiers adds moisture in your home so the air doesn’t become too dry, a dehumidifier draws excess moisture out of the air.
Compact, portable dehumidifiers can remove the water from a single room. However, portable units require emptying out water trays and generally service a small area. A whole-house dehumidifier will eliminate moisture from your entire home.
Whole-house dehumidifier systems are regulated by a humidistat, which enables you to establish a humidity level precisely like you would choose a temperature on your thermostat. The unit will run automatically when the humidity level overtakes the set level. These systems collaborate with your home’s HVAC system, so you should contact experienced professionals for whole-house dehumidifier installation Savage.
Other Ways to Lower Condensation on Windows
- Exhaust fans. Putting in exhaust fans around humidity hotspots including the bathroom, laundry room or above the oven can help by drawing the warm, humid air from these areas out of your home before it can elevate the humidity level throughout your home.
- Ceiling fans. Spinning ceiling fans can also keep air circulating inside the home so humid air doesn’t get stuck in one area.
- Opening up window treatments. Pulling open the blinds or drapes can reduce condensation by preventing the warm air from being stuck against the windowpane.
By decreasing humidity inside your home and moving air throughout your home, you can make the most of clear, moisture-free windows even during the winter.