Are my new windows to blame?
It seems natural to blame the windows but they do not cause condensation. Window condensation is really an indication of excess humidity and moisture in your home. The glass simply provides a surface on which the moisture condenses visibly. It is usually the first place you notice condensation because glass surfaces have the lowest temperature of any surface in a house. The insulation and construction materials used today are designed to keep cold air outside. This is especially true of new windows. While energy-efficient designs and weather-stripping keep cold air outside, they also keep warm moist air inside. Older window designs were less efficient and consequently allow moisture to escape.
The important thing to realize is that if excessive humidity is causing window condensation, it will also be causing other problems – sometimes hidden problems – elsewhere in your home such as peeling paint, rotting wood, buckling floors, deteriorating insulation, mildew or moisture spots on your walls and ceilings.
How to reduce condensation?
To prevent condensation on windows, you’ll have to be proactive in stopping the accumulation of moisture in your home. Read the following tips to learn how to reduce condensation on windows.
Tie back your curtains and open blinds to circulate air
Circulate the air inside your home. Open windows or doors if temperature permits. If the temperature is too cold, turn on your ceiling fans or furnace fan
Place a dehumidifier in the room where condensation occurs. To get the most out of this tactic, place the dehumidifier as close to your window as possible.
Recognize that your laundry room can be a source of moisture
Repair unnecessary sources of moisture in your home such as cracks in walls and basement floors
Check your vents for blockages and remove them if present
Use your bathroom and kitchen fans every time you cook or shower. Showering and cooking releases 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.
When Should I be Concerned?
Window condensation should only occur when there are extreme temperature differences between indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, there should only be a fairly small amount of water on the glass. Condensation will be seen on the inside of a window during winter months, and will present itself on the outside of a window during summer months.
If you find condensation between the two layers of glass in an insulated window, the airtight seal has probably failed and the glass unit will need to be replaced.
If there is too much moisture inside the home, you will see evidence during both the cold and warm seasons. Moisture spots on the ceiling or walls, peeling paint, rotting wood, delaminating plywood, moisture on exterior walls, and fungus, mold or mildew growth are signs of a more serious moisture problem. Should you experience these symptoms, an expert heating & cooling contractor should be contacted in order to solve the problem.