When summer comes and the air outside your home warms up, you may notice the effects on your windows. Sweat, or condensation, can form due to the differences in temperature and humidity levels on the inside and outside of the glass. While there is no urgent need for a window replacement when you see your windows sweating, it’s still best to reduce condensation when possible so you can avoid potential moisture damage issues like mold and rot.
Today, we will help you understand the relationship between windows and condensation, and why your windows sweat during the summer season.
What Are Sweating Windows?
Condensation builds up on the glass surface of sweating windows. Windows are more prone to condensation than other areas of the house because the temperature of the glass varies more than the rest of the house.
Because glass gets colder initially in the winter and remains cooler in the summer than other materials in your home, windows show the earliest signs of condensation in both summer and winter.
Is Condensation Dangerous?
Condensation appears early in the summer season when the air conditioner is first turned on and fades over a few days. If the moisture remains for several weeks, it may cause damage to the wood frame and other portions of the windows that are susceptible to mold, mildew and rot. Summer condensation, on the other hand, collects on the outside of a window rather than the inside, posing less of a concern than winter condensation.
How to Keep Windows From Condensing in the Summer
Reduce your indoor humidity to prevent condensation on your windows in the summer. Installing a dehumidifier, cleaning out your attic vents and turning on your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans will help reduce indoor moisture levels significantly. You should also consider waterproofing your basement floors and walls as well as putting more insulation around your windows.
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