The windows of your home are a gateway to the outdoors, a way to allow light in while you appreciate the view of your garden, yard or scenery. The last thing you want to see is a sweaty window plastered in a film of condensation.
Not only are windows plastered with condensation unsightly, they also can be a sign of a more substantial air-quality problem throughout your home. Fortunately, there’s multiple things you can do to correct the problem.
What Produces Sweating on Windows
Condensation on the inside of windows is created by the moist warm air in your home reaching the cooler surface of the windows. It’s notably common over the winter when it’s much cooler outside than it is within your home.
Inside Moisture vs. In Between Panes
When talking about condensation, it’s important to understand the contrast between moisture on the inside of your windows compared to moisture in between the windowpanes. One is an indoor air quality issue and the other is a window issue.
- Moisture inside a window is caused from the warm moist air in your home forming on the glass.
- The moisture you see between windowpanes is formed when the window seal breaks down and moisture seeps between the two panes of glass, and by then the window needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Condensation inside the windows isn’t a window problem and can instead be fixed by fine-tuning the humidity inside your home. Many things generate humidity in a home, such as showers, cooking, taking a bath or even breathing.
Why Indoor Sweating on Windows Could Mean a Problem
Though you might presume condensation in your windows is a cosmetic problem, it can be indicating your home has high humidity. If that’s the case, water may also be condensing on window frames, cold walls or other surfaces. Even a thin film of water can encourage wood surfaces to mildew or rot over time, increasing the growth of mildew or mold.
How to Lower Humidity Inside Your Home
Fortunately there are various options for extracting moisture from the air in your home.
If you have a humidifier active inside your home – whether it be a small unit or a whole-house humidifier – lower it further so the humidity inside your home comes down.
If you don’t have a humidifier running and your home’s humidity level is high, consider installing a dehumidifier. While humidifiers put moisture into your home so the air doesn’t become too dry, a dehumidifier draws excess moisture out of the air.
Small, portable dehumidifiers can remove the water from one room. However, those units require emptying water trays and generally service a somewhat limited area. A whole-house dehumidifier will eliminate moisture throughout your entire home.
Whole-house dehumidifier systems are managed by a humidistat, which allows you to establish a humidity level precisely like you would select a temperature via your thermostat. The unit will begin running instantly when the humidity level exceeds the set level. These systems collaborate with your home’s HVAC system, so you should contact experienced professionals for whole-house dehumidifier installation Bishop.
Additional Ways to Decrease Condensation on Windows
- Exhaust fans. Putting in exhaust fans near humidity hotspots like the bathroom, laundry room or above the kitchen range can help by extracting the warm, moist air from these areas out of your home before it can raise the humidity level throughout your home.
- Ceiling fans. Running ceiling fans can also keep air circulating throughout the home so humid air doesn’t get caught up in one place.
- Opening your window treatments. Throwing open the blinds or drapes can reduce condensation by preventing the warm air from being stuck against the windowpane.
By reducing humidity in your home and dispersing air throughout your home, you can take advantage of clear, moisture-free windows even in the winter.