Window Condensation Damage
When windows get condensation it can be an unpleasant sight. In rare cases, condensation can actually cause damage to your home. Old fashioned wood windows are the most affected. The wood, when exposed to high levels of condensation, can mold and rot. This will lead to damage to your walls and plaster. With condensation getting into your home you may find you have a lot of moisture in the air. Condensation can not just cause internal damage to your home but also external.
How Window Condensation Occurs
Window condensation happens when moisture forms on the windows. This happens when the warm air from your home meets the outside cold air. This then condenses on your cold windows leaving tiny water droplets. Condensation build-up on the outside of the window is fine and would show that your windows are working. However, if you get condensation between the glass panes or on the inside of your windows. This will be a sign that your windows need replacing.
Here Are Some Ways In Which You Can Reduce Condensation On Your Windows
1. Open Your Windows for Ventilation.
By opening your windows for up to 20 minutes a day this can greatly reduce moisture in the air. It allows the damp moist air to escape your home and provide you with fresh air. This will help to prevent the build-up of condensation on your windows and walls.
2. Install and Use Extractor Fans
When using bathrooms and the kitchen we can create a lot of moisture in the air. This is caused by hot showers, baths and cooking in the kitchen. The best way to get rid of this excess moisture is by installing extractor fans. An extractor fan for a bathroom is usually installed onto the wall. Kitchen extractor fans can be installed above the cooker and on the wall. These help to remove moisture in the air and reduce condensation on windows and walls.
3. Dry Washed Clothes Outdoors
When we dry clothes inside the home they can release a great amount of water vapor into the air. This will cause condensation to appear on the inside of our windows and even on the surfaces of the walls. This can cause damage to the property over time. It is always best to practice to dry your washing outdoors to help prevent the build-up of condensation. However, this is not always possible due to bad weather. Another way to dry your clothes indoors is to hang them and open your windows this will help to prevent moisture in the air.
4. Replacement Glass
If you are noticing that you have condensation between the glass panes in your window. You may need brand new double glazed glass to fix the problem. However, if the condensation is causing damage the whole double glazing unit might need to be replaced. Replacing the full window will ensure your home is more energy efficient by keeping your home warm.
5. Open Your Windows
When the weather is good you should open up your windows. This can help to reduce moist air that is trapped in your home. The good thing about opening your windows will help to prevent the build-up of condensation inside your home.
6. Buy a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers work by reducing and removing the moisture from the air inside your property. Buying a dehumidifier can be costly, however, if you shop around you can find some for much cheaper. Some models of dehumidifiers will need switching on and off. While other models have automatic timers that monitor your home’s humidity levels.
Do you have condensation? maybe its time to upgrade your windows. Contact us today on 01744 611203 for a free quotation.