At some point or another, you might notice moisture on your windows and wonder if it something to be concerned about. The fact is, it could be. Granted, not all condensation is a problem, but there are some cases where moisture on your window panes indicates a larger problem. So here is everything you need to know about condensation on your windows, what to watch out for, and how to reduce moisture levels in your home.
What Causes Window Condensation?
It is basic science. Warm air holds more moisture than cool air. If warm air comes in contact with a cold surface and cools rapidly, the water has to go somewhere. Usually, it condenses and clings to the colder surface, hence the condensation. It happens to a glass of ice-cold water on a hot day and the same can happen to the windows of your home. In fact, condensation on the exterior surfaces of your windows is fairly common. But when does it move over from being considered normal to be a concern?
When Should I Worry About Condensation?
Occasional condensation in the bathroom or kitchen is normal because of the high humidity when you cook or shower. The moisture should clear on its own in a matter of hours and you have nothing to worry about. But if you have constant moisture on the interior surfaces of your windows, then you might have a concern. This often happens if you have an indoor aquarium or potted plants next to your windows. If it gets to the point where moisture is leaking into the frame, you could have problems with mold, rot, and permanent frame damage. Wood windows are especially vulnerable and you will want to take measures to reduce the humidity in these areas of your home.
A few ways to cut down on humidity levels in your home include:
- Using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Circulating the air with ceiling fans
- Opening your windows to improve ventilation
- Using a dehumidifier or purchasing a moisture eliminator
Another time when condensation is a concern is when you notice it between the panes of glass on your windows. Typically manufacturers hermetically seal an inert gas between window panes. It is odorless and colorless but has a higher density than normal air—making it a better insulator. But over time this gas can leak out and be replaced with moisture-laden oxygen. At first, you might not notice any difference. But during extreme temperature changes, the moisture will condense and you won’t be able to wipe it away. This seal failure means your windows are no longer performing at peak efficiency and will continue to fog up when the temperature fluctuates. The only way to correct this problem is to replace the glass or window.
If Condensation is a Problem Call Home Supply Window and Door
If you are tired of fog between your window panes and astronomical energy bills, then it might be time for replacement windows. Contact us today at 973-949-5401 or stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 for more information.