Have you started noticing some condensation on the inside of your windows? Does it almost look like your windows are sweating? When many people see this, they assume it’s a problem with their windows. It isn’t. In fact, sometimes a drafty window will actually help get rid of condensation!
Windows sweat when there’s a mixture of high humidity and low temperatures. If the air inside your home is warmer than the air outside and there’s a lot of moisture in that air, then you’re going to get windows that develop condensation.
This happens when the warm, humid air from inside your home hits the window surface, which is cold from the outdoor weather. When that humidity hits the window, it turns from a gas to a liquid.
Usually, people notice condensation in the fall when the weather starts to get cold. It takes a while for the humidity levels inside your home to drop. After a while, you may not notice any more condensation on your windows. If the condition persists, you need to take steps to reduce the levels of humidity in your home.
Too much moisture inside your home isn’t a good thing. Excessive moisture can lead to numerous issues, including mold and poor air quality inside your home. Bacteria, viruses, mold, and critters like insects need moisture to survive. A high level of humidity inside your home is a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of unwanted invaders.
Condensation is also bad because of what it can do to your windows. Your windows aren’t the problem, but they can become the victim of excessive moisture. If you have too much condensation accumulating on your windows, the moisture can cause mold to form on the frame or even start to cause water damage if it goes unaddressed for a long period of time.
If you notice condensation on the inside of your windows, the first thing you should do is think about getting a humidity monitor. This will tell you how far away from that 35 to 50 percent humidity you are. Then you can take steps to reduce the humidity in your home.
Running fans and exhaust vents inside your home can make a big difference. A dehumidifier can also go a long way to reducing moisture levels in your home. Just make sure to get one that’s the proper size.
If you have any other window questions or need to think about replacing a window in your home due to water damage, contact Hometown today! We’ll send a well-trained technician out to your home for a free consultation.