As it starts to get colder outside, you may begin to notice moisture build up on the inside of your windows. You’re probably wondering why it’s forming and if it can harm your home, but don’t worry. Condensation on windows is normal during the winter!
Take it from the Window World experts when it comes to all things windows. Here is everything you need to know about window condensation.
Why Do Windows Form Condensation When It’s Cold Outside?
Condensation forms when warm air contacts a cold surface. A warm surface allows the moisture in the air to materialize on a surface. As the air cools, the moisture condenses. Because your windows are the coldest surface indoors, it will be the first place for condensation to form.
During the colder months of the year, the air indoors will be much warmer and hold more moisture than the outdoor air. As the warm humid air indoors contacts the cool windows, the moisture will condense on the glass.
Is Condensation More Likely To Form In Certain Climates?
Homes in cold climates are going to see condensation form on their windows more often. However, climates with much more humidity, like South Texas, will also see window condensation, but it won’t be on the inside of the home.
Condensation can also build up on the outside of your home during the hotter months of the year. While keeping your home cool on the inside, the warm, humid, air on the outside will start to change into condensation on the outside portion of your window.
Can A High Indoor Humidity Cause Problems?
If you find that there is almost always condensation on your windows you might have a humidity problem. High indoor humidity can cause some health issues, especially to those who have allergies. Humid environments allow mold and mildew to thrive on organic material like wood. Mildew and mold can cause sneezing, coughing, and sinus irritation.
The high humidity can also be damaging to your home. Humid air pushes fresh air outward through wood, plaster, insulation, and concrete. This can cause the insulation to deteriorate, paint to peel, wall staining, and floors, walls, and ceilings to rot.
How Can I Prevent Condensation From Forming?
To prevent condensation from forming in your windows, you need to lower the indoor humidity. Thankfully there are a few solutions.
Increase The Homes Ventilation
Increasing the ventilation is an effective solution, however, it’s only temporary. Simply opening windows, turning on fans, and opening vents will help ventilate your home.
Control Indoor Moisture
To permanently lower your home’s humidity, you will have to take steps to control it. You can start by adjusting any humidifiers you have to the recommended levels. If the temperature changes then you will have to change the settings on your humidifier to accommodate. You should also check the settings of your humidifier to see if it doubles as a dehumidifier. If it doesn’t, consider buying one.
Finally, you can also get some plants that act as a natural dehumidifiers. Make sure to take extra steps to keep them alive during the winter.
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