Window condensation can be downright irritating, and in some cases, it can even damage your home, especially if you have older windows. It can rot wood molding and damage plaster. The excess moisture in your home can causes interior condensation which can damage your entire home, not just the areas around the windows. Although this may seem like a problem with your windows or their installation, window condensation is actually an issue that’s related to your HVAC system and the quality of the air inside your home, including temperature and humidity.
Possible Causes of Window Condensation
In addition to possibly damaging your house, it’s not any fun to have to peer through hazy windows just to get a peek at what’s going on outside of your home. Condensation can form in the summer and the winter. In the winter, condensation forms on the interior of your windows when the moisture content of your indoor air rises, such as when you take a shower or run a humidifier for improved comfort. During the summer condensation forms on the exterior of your windows when the outdoor air meets the cold service of your windowpanes which are cooler from the air conditioning.
Negative Effects of Window Condensation
Unless moisture is removed problems soon occur. Not just the inconvenience of wiping surfaces dry but the greater, expensive, problem of mold growth which can also affect your comfort and health. Excessive moisture formation can drip onto window frames, walls, siding and flooring causing water damage that may warp wood and dissolve fabric or dry wall over time.
The Humidity Levels in Your House Cause the Condensation
Condensation is not always indicative of a poor seal. Changing the temperature and humidity of your indoor air can solve condensation problems. If you use a humidifier in the winter adjust the setting to 50% humidity. Add insulation for your windows by closing your curtains or blinds, which may also help to reduce the amount of work your HVAC system must do to keep your home comfortable in both the summer and the winter. When cooking or showering make sure to run you kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan. If you constantly have to wipe condensation off your windows and have a dehumidifier running for lengthy periods of time then you may want to think about whole house ventilation as a permanent solution to condensation and to improve the air quality indoors.
Teegarden HVAC can explain how improving the ventilation system in your home can increase the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner and get rid of condensation. Ventilation is the V in HVAC!
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