If you have ever encountered window condensation, then you know how upsetting this experience can be. Knowing what causes this to happen, as well as ways that you can take to prevent it, will be in your best interest. Condensation occurs when hot air comes into contact with the cold surface of your class. Moisture is thus emitted and formulates as small droplets of water on the glass and near the frame and sill. Many people do not understand that condensation is not the result of poorly insulated windows, which is a problem in itself because most homeowners will be more than anxious to purchase a brand new set.
Once the condensation problem remains, they are left scratching their heads. In fact, the more sealed up a home is, there is a greater chance that condensation will increase. When the amount of water vapor in the air is higher than the air outside, this is when you will run into problems. There are several things that you can do minimize the amount of condensation that is building up on your windows. Doing so can prevent the water from damaging your window frames, as well as nearby walls and floors.
Ways to stop window condensation
- Run a dehumidifier
- Use fans to circulate the air
- Minimize the amount of plants placed near windows
- Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms have proper ventilation
- Open up the windows in your home
One of the best ways you can minimize the amount of water vapor inside your home, and thus the potential for condensation to occur, is by investing in a dehumidifier. These devices work to keep the water vapor at a controlled amount. They are especially useful in basements, because they also work to inhibit the growth of black mold. Many newer models are energy efficient, which means you can have them set to run automatically whenever vapor levels reach the specified amount.
Make use of the fans inside your home. This will help circulate the air throughout your home, and will better keep the vapors from coming into contact with your windows. If you don’t have ceiling fans, standing units will work just as well. In fact, they can work better than their mounted counterparts due to their mobility. Feel free to place them close to your window, and remember to set the fan to oscillate.
Plants are great for home décor, but they do trap in moisture and should not be placed near windows if you are experiencing condensation issues. In addition, make sure the moisture zones in your home (kitchen and bathrooms) have proper ventilation. The vents should be free from obstructions; blockage can retain excess vapor inside your home that may be causing the condensation on the windows. Lastly, you can open up the windows inside your home for a minute or so, if the weather permits of course. Doing so will air everything out and considerably lower the vapor levels inside.