How To Get Rid Of Window Condensation?
Window condensation certainly isn’t a serious problem, unless it is on your car windshield and you still try to drive! Condensation on home windows is annoying and if it isn’t treated the additional moisture can contribute to mold and mildew in the home.
All air contains some moisture in vapor form. When this comes into contact with the cool surface of the windows the water vapor turns to liquid. Moisture on the inside of your windows is a good indication that there is excess moisture in the room air and in the wood of the window frame as well. One of the most important steps to take when getting rid of window condensation is to get rid of the moisture that causes it.
Treat the Cause
You can remove much of the condensation from home windows and remove moisture from inside air with a quality dehumidifier. This unit processes room air and pulls moisture from that air, usually depositing the moisture as liquid in a catch basin. You can also reduce the chances of window condensation by keeping air moving throughout the home. Ceiling fans, free-standing fans and furnace fans are all part of this air-movement process.
If you see windows “steaming up” or getting heavy condensation on the inside surface you may need to exhaust warm inside air to the outside. This is especially important when you are cooking and the kitchen air is heating up. Use of an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom will help reduce condensation in those rooms. You may also be contributing to the moisture level in the air when you have a lot of house plants. If you can spread these plants among several rooms you may be able to reduce window condensation.
Modern homes are much more likely to hold air and heat because the corners and joints are much tighter. Inside air remains warmer and contains more moisture because there is nowhere for it to go. If family members take long, hot showers or baths they are contributing significantly to moisture trapped inside the house. You may be able to reduce window condensation by shortening bath and shower times. Remember, we mentioned earlier that an exhaust fan in the bathroom is a great way to reduce moisture in the air.
In addition to the methods already mentioned, make sure your clothes dryer and other appliances vent to the outside without air leaks. Warm air from the clothes dryer will add a lot to the condensation problem. After all, the machine is made to take the moisture out of clothing and if it puts that warm, moist air back into the room – well, you get the picture.
Finally, make sure that your furnace is working properly and the air filter is clean. This will help the furnace circulate air that is warm and dry. You can also reduce window condensation by making sure that your attic vents and fans are in good working order. As a final step, throw those windows open now and then, even when it’s a bit cold outside. Give some of the warm, moist inside air a chance to escape.Category: Home & Garden