Protect Your Windows with These Condensation Solutions
What happens when the warm, moist air comes into contact with cooler surfaces? That’s right, your windows sweat. In scientific terms, condensation happens, and this is all completely normal except when issues arise due to its excessive and copious amounts.
Anything that requires the use of water inside your home will certainly contribute to the relative humidity. From taking a bath, to watering the plants, boiling the water and turning your air conditioning units on — all these factors induce condensation.
If condensation or moisture build-up reaches an extreme level, your windows can be compromised on its aesthetic, function and structural aspect. Drafty windows with chipped or peeled finishes are your common scenario if severe condensation takes place.
To mitigate the effects of too much condensation on your windows, identify firsthand the contributing sources and take proactive measures to limit them. Start with these condensation solutions below.
Open Your Windows
As simple as it can be, eliminating condensation and moisture means latching your windows open to release the humid air from inside, then exchanging it with drier air from outside. Keep this cycle every other day to prevent the build-up of too much moisture inside your home.
Raise the Temperature
Equalize the internal and external temperature of your home by raising the temperature of your windows accordingly. If your ambient temperature inside your home is akin to your windows’ temperature, condensation droplets on your window will be a rare occurrence as opposed to when your warm windows are in juxtaposition with the cool air.
Improve Air Circulation
Whether by passive or mechanical means, your ventilation from outside-in to inside-out should be free-flowing. Based from your allocated window openings and built-in windbreaker, the wind path should be able to identify on its own how to weave through the spaces. Through the use of ceiling fans, accumulation of water vapor inside your home will burst, effectively reducing window condensation.
Install an Outside Vent
Hot air rises, cold air goes down — this is the principle of stack effect. In retrospect, another condensation solution would be to redirect gas appliances, install exhaust fans and vent them outside. Take advantage of this principle and have your mechanical vents be installed and positioned accurately to maximize their air flow.
Use a Dehumidifier
Your kitchen and bathroom are the most moisture-prone areas inside of your home with regards to the amount of water usage. Mildew and molds can also grow on unwanted places. Apart from your surface-mounted fans, install a dehumidifier to keep your recommended relative humidity at bay when performing household tasks like cooking, cleaning or showering.
Condensation can never be eliminated completely, but with all these condensation solutions combined and applied, your windows will be restored to their moisture-free state in no time. Contact us for more tips and remedies. Let us, Bright Window Specialists, guide you through the best condensation solutions and drop by our Manhattan showroom by appointment at 135 East 57th St 18-106.