Nothing is more frustrating than windows that are frequently foggy or even frosted over. It could have a lot to do with the quality of your windows, their lifespan, and the surrounding environment (think indoor condensation). Sometimes clearing them up is within your control, and other times, it’s not. Nothing aside from replacement will clear them up if the seal has been broken.
Most times, condensation problems just require a change of a few daily routines. For more serious problems, you may have to look into more extensive adjustments such as window modification and replacement, the addition of ventilation in your home, and heating equipment improvements.
Causes of Condensation
This is when invisible water vapor in the air condenses on your window’s cool glass. Because your windows and their frames are the coldest things in your home, moisture will form there first. Warm air holds much more moisture than cold. It has a lot to do with the dew point. When the temperature of the glass goes below the dew point of the air inside your home, visible moisture gathers on the glass.
If you’re lucky, window condensation will be a short-term annoyance, as gradually the interior air dries and condensation stops forming. Other times, though, condensation can pose bigger issues. Ice can form on windows and frames. Or, you may notice lasting fog on your windows due to water ponding between the frames. If left unchecked, it can lead to wood rot, mildew growth and even structural damage.
Tips to Reduce Indoor Humidity
As it gets colder outside, the humidity in your home goes up. This is when you’ll see condensation building up on your windows. Fortunately, there are ways to control the humidity levels inside, so try these tips:
- Switch off the indoor humidifier.
- Ventilate your home by opening a window or door for a few minutes every day.
- Run the bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans more often and for longer periods of time.
- Use a dehumidifier in the basement.
- Check that your clothes dryers is adequately vented.
- Limit the amount of plants, aquariums and pets in your home.
- Check for plumbing leaks.
If you notice condensation building up between the panes of glass on your window, this signals a failing window. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing you can do about this, short of replacement. If this has happened to you, don’t hesitate to give Rescom Exteriors a call today at 508-832-5202. We can get you set up with brand new windows in no time!