You probably aren’t very happy about all those little droplets of water that are building up on your windows. Luckily, there are a variety of simple methods for managing window condensation. Today, Wholesale Home Improvement will present a few of the options available.
Window condensation happens because of a difference in temperature and an excess of moisture in the air. However, not all window condensation is equal. There are several different reasons why it’s happening. It is best to know what is the underlying cause to choose the best solution. If you don’t know, however, trying a few of these tips can help you figure out what it is and what works to avoid it.
- Lower your humidifier setting
Bathrooms and kitchens typically are where you will see the most condensation because there is more moisture in the air. In some homes, it can be found in the nursery as well and often it is because parents use a humidifier. If you use a humidifier in your home, try lowering the setting not to pump quite so much moisture into the air.
- Use a moisture eliminating product
Conversely, you can buy products designed to absorb excess water. Closets are good places to set them. You can also go the more effective yet expensive route of purchasing a dehumidifier.
- Use your fans
Always run your bathroom and kitchen fans whenever you are showering or cooking. Leave them on for about 15 minutes afterward for maximum effectiveness. Also, use your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction to help circulate the air better and push warm air down from the ceiling.
- Open the windows
Managing window condensation can also be as easy as opening up your windows if it isn’t too cold out. Even just a crack will help with airflow and let moist air escape.
- Add weather-stripping and storm windows
Weather stripping around your windows contributes to bump up your home’s energy efficiency. Adding storm windows during the winter helps to keep the interior window warmer and reduces condensation.
- Be aware of plant placement
Plants give off extra humidity so try not to place them near the windows.
- Install an air-to-air exchanger
Although a bit expensive, an air-to-air exchanger is an easy way to circulate old air out and new air into your home. This device will remove both pollutants and moisture from the air.
Of course, these options work best on interior condensation. Exterior condensation is not something to worry about, but if it bothers you, you can try applying Rain-X to the glass to help the water bead up and run off the windows. If your condensation problems are showing up between the glass panes, the seal is probably broken, and you may ultimately need to replace the glass or the window.
When managing window condensation, you can always rely on the expert opinions and advice offered by the professionals here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Feel free to give us a call to answer questions or schedule an appointment for us to look at your windows.