Climate conditions often cause condensation on your windows. Indoor condensation can sometimes be destructive. While you can prevent it with minor adjustments, some cases may require more effort.
Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati, the most trusted brand for window and door replacement in Cincinnati, shares some points in this video to help you better understand condensation.
Condensation appears when warm moist air is exposed to cooler surfaces, like your window glass on a cold day. This may appear even with the best performing windows. It is most common during the winter, but it can also occur whenever vapor comes in contact with a colder surface. This is the reason a glass filled with iced tea sweats during summer. The cold surface of the glass was suddenly exposed to warmer moist air brought by the humid temperature.
Causes of Indoor Moisture
Did you know that you could increase indoor moisture by performing everyday tasks? Every activity that uses water, like cooking or taking a shower, adds moisture in your home. Vapor pressure can actually force moisture through different materials, such as plaster, wood, brick, and cement.
Condensation does not necessarily indicate that you have bad windows. Its presence may actually mean that your windows have good, tight seals. Energy-efficient materials, like certain window and door types, lock moisture in your house, resulting in enhanced condensation.
Condensation on the Outside of the Window
Condensation outside your window occurs mostly during spring and fall, when the nights are cooler and the days are warmer. Like indoor condensation, it often means that you have good energy-efficient windows with tight seals.
Ways to Reduce Indoor Humidity
You can lessen the amount of humidity inside your home by:
- Venting all dryers, gas appliances, and exhaust fans to the outside
- Ventilating your attic and crawl space
- Covering the crawl space with a good vapor barrier
- Running an exhaust fan in the kitchen when cooking, and in the bathroom when taking a shower
- Keeping firewood outdoors
- Ventilating your home if you have a forced-air furnace
Regardless of the causes, you can prevent condensation by reducing excess humidity inside your home.
If condensation is a problem in your home, or you need help with door or window replacement in Cincinnati, rely on Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati. We offer quality and energy-efficient units that will add value to your home. Moreover, our team is trained to provide expert installations every time.
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