If you know winter, you likely know condensation on windows. What seems to be a never-ending cold weather problem, can be reduced, avoided or even remedied.
Condensation on windows can cause ice build up on the inside of your house, water damage on that area where water pools and if not cleaned up on a regular basis, mold. Nobody wants black mold growing on their windows, but the seemingly never-ending task of drying those windows up doesn’t sound like a very good solution either. Finding ways to avoid this problem or at least reduce it, is a much more sensible idea.
Modern windows, old windows, small windows, big windows. They all can suffer from condensation during the cold winter months. But what causes all this moisture to be attracted to our windows? There is likely more than one cause of condensation on your windows.
Excessive moisture in the air of your home can cause condensation on your windows. But that moisture typically shows itself in the winter because of the window, in the winter, is colder than the air, creating dew or condensation on the windows. Certain factors can make the problem of condensation even greater. Consider these tips to reduce condensation on your windows this winter.
Reduce Humidity in you Home
Consider using a dehumidifier in the home. Reducing the moisture will reduce the condensation. For some, however, winter can be a dry season, and the thought of further reducing the moisture in the air is not a good option.
Airflow and Window Condensation
Don’t isolate your windows by keeping them covered up. Keeping them covered throughout the day and night will only add to the condensation. Open the blinds and curtains to allow proper air flow. This will ensure that warmer air is always present to bring up the temperature of those windows. Without the drastic difference in air temperature between the air and the window glass, condensation is less likely to form or can be greatly reduced.
A Good Seal on your Windows
Newer windows suffer from condensation less because they are typically better quality. Old windows sweat like nobody’s business. A proper seal can make all the difference. If new windows aren’t in the budget, consider caulking the old ones. This will help reduce condensation.
There are also some very simple and economical things that can be done to reduce condensation on your windows. Avoid drying clothes indoors. Always use a fan while cooking and bathing. Do not dry wood indoors and remember, the better the circulation in your home, the better your condensation problem will be.
If you have condensation on your windows, it’s important to keep them clean and dry as much as possible. This will avoid a mold problem on top of your condensation problem.
Condensation on windows is often a seasonal problem. Mold is never a good thing, and when condensation is kept in check, there will be no worry of it.
If your windows are old, and you feel you are losing a lot of heat through them, contact Jans Awning Products in Burlington, Ontario today. We sell and install high-quality windows and service Burlington, Dundas, Oakville, Hamilton, and Ancaster.