Five Tips To Get Rid Of Window Condensation This Fall

| 11 November 2015

Many homeowners ignore the condensation that fall brings. If you’ve noticed condensation on your windows, it’s time to get rid of it before the winter comes.

Window Condensation

Condensation can damage your windows, interior and exterior walls, rot wood and ruin plaster. When there’s excessive moisture in the house, condensation forms on the inside of the windows. When the weather outside is warmer than the window itself, it creates dew, which is another form of condensation. Condensation can also occur between the window panes.

In order to get rid of condensation this fall, try our five tips.

  1. Whenever you use your bathroom or kitchen, turn on the fan. Activities like showering and cooking create moisture which is then released into the air. This moisture has nowhere to go and latches onto your windows. When you cook or shower with the fan on, these fans remove the moisture from the air, leaving your windows free of condensation. If possible, keep the fans running 15-20 minutes after you’ve finished showering or cooking.
  2. If you use a humidifier in any room of your home, turn it down. Humidifiers release moisture into the air. This moisture will find its way to your windows creating condensation. If turning down the humidifier is not an option then ensure that the windows in the room it is being used in are exceptionally dry. This entails regular cleaning or the windows and sills. Wipe them down with paper towels or a fine cloth to catch moisture before it turns into condensation.
  3. Since it’s only fall and the weather has not dipped below freezing, a great way to reduce condensation is to air out your house for a few minutes every day. You can air out your home by opening all the windows and setting a timer for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, close the windows and you should notice a reduction in the amount of condensation.
  4. Old caulking can also cause condensation on the inside and outside of your windows. Inspect your windows and repair the caulking if necessary. This should be done regularly as caulking doesn’t last forever.
  5. In worst case scenarios, you may have to replace your windows. If you have an older home with older windows, they will attract moisture more easily than new models. Try dual-glazed windows or storm windows. They are not moisture magnets like older windows and you’ll notice a difference right after installation. Do not install new windows on your own. Although it may seem like an easy task, you could damage the sill or worse, hurt yourself. Call a professional like Landmark. We’ll take care of the installation process letting you can enjoy condensation-free windows this fall.
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