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How to Reduce Window Condensation in Your Home

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Do you often have condensation on the windows of your home? This problem can be quite annoying. Windows are your chance to look out into the world, and you surely want to enjoy a clear view. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce the prevalence of this problem. If you want to be able to see out of your home's windows better, then read on. In this post, we'll give you tips on how to reduce window compensation.

How and Why Window Condensation Happens Window condensation happens when warm, damp air comes in contact with the cool glass in your windows. It can form on the inside or outside of your windows, depending on whether the warmer air is indoors or outdoors, or it can appear between your windowpanes. Condensation is the opposite process of evaporation. Water is left behind when air is cooled to its dewpoint, and the water vapour within becomes too heavy to carry. Not only is window condensation unsightly, but it can also be bad for your home. As the water drips down your windows, it can rot the wood, causing mould or heating, cooling, and draft problems. If you experience condensation in your windows, you should try to reduce or eliminate it. How to Reduce or Eliminate Window Condensation There are a number of different things you can do to reduce the occurrence of window condensation. Consider trying several of the suggestions below together for the best results. Increase Ventilation Window condensation is sometimes the result of too little ventilation. You must let airflow in and out of your home. Open your windows on warm days and when cooking, and even consider cracking them open a little from time to time during the cooler months. This air circulation will help keep condensation from forming even on more humid days. Adjust Your Heating and Cooling Again, window condensation is caused by the temperature on the outside being far higher or lower than the temperature on the inside of your home. Therefore, the best way to fight condensation is to balance these temperatures the best that you can. In the summer, if you have your air conditioning on high, you may see condensation; lower the air a bit, and you'll see much less. On the other hand, in the winter, you may experience window condensation because it's warm inside and cold outside. If you turn down your heat even a little, some of the condensation will disappear. Open Your Curtains Something as simple as keeping your curtains open can also reduce condensation. When you keep them closed, moisture and heat become trapped between the curtain and the window. Opening them will help to equalize the area. Use Fans in the Bathroom and Kitchen When you take a shower, warm air will escape into your home if you don't use a bathroom ceiling fan to guide the humidity out. If you let that humid air loose in your house, you'll soon see condensation on your windows. You'll also likely see condensation on your windows after cooking if you don't use the kitchen fan. Add lids to your pots and pans to reduce condensation further. If All Else Fails, Repair or Replace Your Windows All of the above tips will help you to reduce or even eliminate window condensation from your home. However, in some cases, none of the above will work; you may just need window repair or window replacement. That's where we come in. If you've tried the above tips and still find yourself battling window condensation, we'd love to help. Let us assess your windows and give you an estimate. Give us a call today.







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