You just got new replacement windows in Richmond. Did the research in order to choose the right windows for your home. Everything has been going great since the installation and you couldn’t be happier with your purchase.
But then you discover something: condensation is forming on your windows. Not just every once in awhile, you’re seeing it on a routine basis. That can be annoying, to say the least, and a potential problem at the worst.
If you’re experiencing condensation on your windows, here are some tips on what to look for and how to solve the problem.
Where you find the condensation can give you a few clues as to how to solve the problem. In most cases, you’ll find condensation along the outside of the window and there really isn’t much cause for concern there as it’s naturally occurring due to the temperature of the window being lower than the current dew point outside.
But if you find the condensation on the inside, you’re dealing with two possible issues. The first is no big deal and we’re going to cover your various solutions below. The other typically occurs with double or triple pane windows in that condensation has emerged in between the panes. This means you have a broken seal somewhere and it needs to be fixed.
Solving the Condensation Problem
Condensation occurs when there are high levels of moisture present in your home. This typically happens during the winter months when warm interior air makes contact with the cold glass of your window.
You have a few options for preventing condensation from developing on the inside of your window. You can start with the simplest of solutions, simply open your window. This may be tougher to do if there are sub-zero temperatures outside but if it’s not too chilly, open them up for a few minutes.
If that’s not an option, you can take steps to reduce the levels of humid air present in the home. Remember warm air is the culprit and cooling things down is the solution. So try running ceiling fans in your kitchen or bathroom, two of the most common rooms that generate heat and moisture. This also helps to circulate the air, just be sure you’re running the fans clockwise so the warm air is driven down, not up.
If you are using a humidifier anywhere, turn that off. You can also purchase moisture eliminators that work by removing excess amounts of humidity and moisture from the air in your home.
Of course, when all else fails, turn up the heat in your house. But wait, warm air is what causes condensation, right? The temperature of the home is a different thing than having moisture in the air. Heating up your home will heat the windows which will, in turn, lower the condensation that emerges on the glass panes. Turning up the thermostat may not be favorable if you are concerned about your utility bills, so try some window coverings like curtains and drapes to do the trick.