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How To Reduce Window Condensation

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During the winter months, the differences in temperature between the exterior of your home and the interior can cause condensation to begin to form on your window panes. Condensation on the glass can cause warping, buckling, mold, and other forms of serious water damage to the window frame and surrounding surfaces. Thankfully, there are a few simple things that you can do to help reduce the amount of condensation that forms on your windows during the cold season.

Open Blinds

Another important way to help prevent condensation from occurring on your windows is to open the blinds (or whatever other window treatments that you have installed). This is because a cold window pane will cause the air within your home to condense when it comes into contact with it. By raising the temperature of your window's glass, the air will not be met with a temperature difference so the water it carries will not condense. By opening the blinds, you are allowing warm air to meet the window and raise its temperature.

Storm Windows

For more severe and chronic cases of window condensation, you can place storm windows over your windows. Storm windows provide an insulative barrier between your windows and the outdoors, helping to keep the temperature of the glass warmer. Any condensation that does occur will likely happen on the storm window, which will not pose any threats to your window frame or the interior of your home.

Fans and Dehumidifiers

Condensation can only occur when warm, humid air meets a cold surface. Therefore, a key way to reducing the amount of condensation which occurs on your window panes is to reduce the overall level of humidity within your home. Fans can be used to properly ventilate your home, especially rooms like the kitchen and bathroom which tend to have higher humidity levels than the rest of your home. Furthermore, fans can be used to blow warm air against the windows, raising their temperature and preventing condensation from occurring.

Additionally, dehumidifiers can be used to remove water from the air within your home. Small, single room dehumidifiers can be used to combat areas where condensation is a serious problem, though whole house units will be much more effective at reducing the overall humidity levels of your home. However, whole house dehumidifiers are extremely expensive and labor intensive to install, as they are retrofitted onto your existing central heating and air conditioning units. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Port Orchard Glass.