Do you have a hard time looking out your windows because there is condensation on them – that cloudy look with drips of water running down to the windowsill? So, why does this happen, and can it be fixed, or does it require a new window installation?
What Causes Condensation Inside the Windows
Condensation inside the windows usually appears during colder months. It occurs when a significant temperature difference between the air and the glass is present. Condensation is common for single pane glass windows. Double-pane windows offer insulation, so condensation is less common. However, the window seal is probably compromised if a double- or triple-pane glass window has condensation between the panes.
Another cause of condensation is when the air becomes saturated with water and comes in contact with a cooler surface. As a result, the cooler water particles come together and form droplets. This condensation is commonly seen on mirrors after a shower or on windows in a kitchen when cooking.
How to Reduce Condensation on Windows
If the condensation is only on the inside of the glass, the home’s air may be too humid. A high humidity level can cause warping of the woodwork and air quality issues. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the ideal relative humidity level for the interior of a home is between 30 and 50 percent. This range should be maintained throughout the year.
This condensation can be rectified by installing a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier draws out the moisture in the air and deposits it into a container. As a result, dry air reduces the conditions where condensation forms. In turn, if you have a humidifier running, turn it down or off.
Air circulation can reduce condensation. So, open a window. If there is no window, turn on an exhaust fan in the bathroom or kitchen to circulate the air and dry the condensation. This method works well when a temporary condition causes condensation. In addition, open the curtains. Heavy curtains can trap moisture between the curtain and the window.
If the seal or caulking has been breached on a gas-filled window, the window will have to be replaced. Unfortunately, the gas cannot be refilled, although the window might be repaired.
Empire Home Remodeling
The best way to prevent condensation is by contacting Empire Home Remodeling to replace the windows with energy-efficient ones. Empire Home Remodeling is known to exceed its customers’ expectations. The commitment to excellence has earned them the reputation as the area’s trusted choice for home improvement work. So, call 414-600-6333 and schedule your window installation today.