Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Condensation on windows isn't uncommon, but should not be taken lightly. Chances are it's a minor home issue that can be easily remedied, but it can also lead to major damage and can be a sign that your windows need to be replaced. Read on to discover a few ways to fix condensation on windows. When it comes time for a replacement, trust Budget Windows & Doors - we take great pride in the work we do for you, and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction!
How To Fix Condensation On Windows
Before we look at how to fix window condensation, it's important to recognize what you're dealing with. Exterior window condensation is simply dew and occurs when the window is colder than the dew point, and it's not really anything to worry about. Interior window condensation is caused by excessive moisture in the house, and it often occurs in the winter when the warm air inside the house condenses on the cold windows. Condensation between window panes occurs when the seal between the panes is broken or when the desiccant inside the windows is saturated. It's the latter two conditions that need to be addressed.
Be very wary of internal window condensation - moisture between the panes.
1. Examine humidity issues
You might notice condensation in your bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms. If you use a humidifier in any part of your home (including the humidifier that works with some furnaces), you can try turning it down. As a result, the humidifier will release less moisture into the air, which will hopefully reduce condensation.
Conversely, a dehumidifier is an easy way to remove the moisture in your home. Some can be programmed to turn on automatically when the humidity level in the home reaches a certain point.
Making use of fans and dehumidifiers can greatly help with window condensation.
2. Make use of fans
Be sure to make use of your bathroom and kitchen fans every time you cook or shower. These activities release a lot of moisture into the air, and sometimes this moisture cannot escape from your house easily. The exhaust fans in your kitchen and your bathroom help remove this moisture from the air. You want to run the fans for about 15 to 20 minutes after you shower or cook.
Air circulation can also help reduce the condensation on your windows. Turn on your ceiling fans even in the winter. Make sure they're rotating in a clockwise direction to push warm air off of the ceiling back down to the floor.
Simply opening your windows can go a long way as well.
3. Weatherproof your windows
There are a couple of ways you can go about weatherproofing your windows.
Window insulation kits can prevent interior condensation, and have the added benefit of reducing your monthly energy bills.
The addition of weather stripping to your windows can help keep warm air from leaving your home. This can help reduce condensation if you’re using storm windows during the winter months. Weather stripping also helps make your home more energy efficient.
Check out this video for help with the installation process.
Condensation Between Window Panes
1. Clean your windows
In order to get to the bottom of this, be sure to clean your windows first. There may indeed be some condensation between your window panes, or it may be caused by a buildup of something else - give them a good wipe inside and out to make sure you know what you're dealing with.
Clean your windows for better insight into the issue. If there's still condensation between the panes, it's time for a replacement.
2. Window replacement
Window condensation between the panes is a significant sign of failure. This could be a sign of broken seals in your window, meaning your windows may have lost or are losing their ability to insulate. If one or two or more of the windows in your home have these between-the-glass droplets moisture from cracked seals, then it’s very likely that the other windows would need to be replaced as well.
Again, it's important to note that not all condensation means that the windows are bad. If you have a very high level of humidity in your home, you may want to address that first because condensation will always gravitate to the coolest surface.
If you have any questions about window condensation or are not sure of the nature of the issue, contact Budget Windows & Doors and we'll be happy to help.
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