Are your glass windows constantly sweating? When water beads or ice form on the inside surface of your windows, you shouldn’t be too quick to blame your windows! There’s a good chance of fog, condensation, or haziness forming as a result of high humidity levels in your house. Humidity is usually drawn to the coolest surface, such as window panes.
1. Why Windows Fog
There are numerous causes of moisture build-up on windows. Some of them are normal while others are often a sign of insulation problems. The number one cause of fog, condensation, or haziness on windows is temperature differences.
Fog on the inside of your windows occurs when the indoor air temperature is warmer than the temperature outside. When you turn your heating system on, it warms the air within your home while the air outside stays cold. The temperature difference causes your window panes to catch some moisture from the indoor air. This is because the moisture in the warm inside air collects on the coldest surfaces in your home, which are the glass windows.
Condensation build-up on the exterior of the window occurs when the external temperature is higher than the temperature inside.
2. When is Condensation Bad?
There are several ways to determine if the condensation on your windows is normal and temporary. If condensation usually forms during baths and showers, dishwashing, cooking, or doing laundry, it’s pretty normal.
Some reasons when condensation forms are problematic and should be addressed as soon as possible. If the condensation remains on windows throughout the day even after the outside temperature has warmed up, your windows could have insulation issues. Excess moisture in your home can eventually cause problems and should be remedied immediately.
Condensation which forms and runs down the walls may cause discoloration, peeling, or staining of wallpaper and blistering of paint. Additionally, if the indoor air smells musty, it could indicate mold or mildew growth, or in the worst cases, rot. Mold and mildew thrive in moist areas and can cause health problems and house damage.
3. How to Fix Window Condensation
Controlling the humidity levels within your home is the simplest way to prevent too much moisture from accumulating. Fortunately, you can fix the problem increasing the ventilation in your home. Opening the windows for a few minutes to let the humid air escape or ensuring your attic vents are opened and clear are two ways to increase ventilation.
You can use a dehumidifier to help control the humidity. Even better insulating around your windows helps.
If the fogging is happening between your window panes, it could be time to consider window replacement. Older windows typically allow rain, snow, and fog to seep through the seals, which can eventually damage your windows and reduce your home’s energy efficiency. Consider replacement windows which will effectively block condensation and moisture accumulation and improve energy efficiency.
Echols Home Improvements Can Help!
If your windows are frequently fogging, it could be time for high-efficiency replacement windows. Echols Home Improvements in Atlanta specializes in paintable, composite windows and Simonton Windows made from durable vinyl. We will help you choose the right type, size, and style of windows to provide the best return on investment. Contact us today to learn more about our replacement windows and their benefits!