Ever notice tiny beads of water sliding down your windows? If you’ve had new windows or doors installed in your home recently, this may be the case for your home. Going back to grade school science class, the water droplets slowly streaming down your window pane are called condensation.
Windows don’t produce condensation; they are subject to condensation based on the moisture in the air and the interior and exterior temperature balance.
However, what your science class from yesteryear probably failed to mention is that there are three types of condensation your windows may be subject to, including:
- Interior condensation, resulting when there is excessive moisture in your home.
- Exterior condensation, also known as dew, resulting when the temperature of your window is cooler than the ambient dew point.
- Condensation in between glass panes, resulting from the seal between the glass panes being broken or the desiccant inside the window becoming saturated.
3 Tips to Prevent & Reduce Window Condensation
Exterior condensation isn’t too big of a deal and condensation in between the glass panes typically indicates that something is broken and you should replace or repair your window.
However, interior condensation can be bothersome as it can result in residue on the glass or mold and mildew around your window; not to worry though, there are a few things you can do to help prevent and reduce window condensation.
1. Eliminate Moisture
If you live in humid climates, such as Florida, then you may want to think about purchasing a moisture eliminator such as DampRid.
2. Circulation is Key
Use bathroom and kitchen fans to circulate the air when you cook or shower to reduce the steam that can accumulate in the air. Just be sure that the ventilation fans are ducted to the outside of your home to properly expel the moisture.
One of the main purposes of a window is to provide proper ventilation for your home. So, don’t keep them on lockdown all day. If you have window coverings, leave them open often enough to allow your windows to circulate the air and moisture throughout the day.
Also, opening your newly installed windows can improve ventilation and help minimize any moisture imbalance in your home.
Many of your daily tasks involve some sort of moisture exposure, or condensation culprits, such as cooking, ironing, and showering. Implementing some of these window condensation prevention tips can help you avoid the possibility of mold or mildew growth.
Learn more about preventing and reducing condensation build-up on your windows and doors too and enjoy a healthy home today!