Winter window condensation occurs when warm indoor air makes contact with the cold surface of your windows. The same thing happens on a glass filled with ice-cold water. Your daily activities like cooking, taking a shower, washing clothes and even breathing can generate moisture inside your home.
When You Should Be Worried
Moisture buildup in your home can result in peeling paint, rotting wood, plywood deterioration and damage to the walls and ceilings as well as mold and mildew growth. You should let an expert inspect your home if you’re seeing signs of these problems.
Ways to Prevent Window Condensation
Proper ventilation – Condensation can begin to form on your windows as the temperature becomes colder, and you turn up your home’s heating. Opening a window for at least an hour is a temporary fix for this. It will provide added ventilation, help create better airflow and reduce moisture in the air. Add exhaust fans in parts of your home that have high moisture levels. Consider adding them in your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms, especially ones with bathtubs or showers.
Invest in energy-efficient windows – Replacement windows with higher R-value offer better resistance against humidity and stop the formation of condensation. Even when you choose single-pane windows with better sealing, condensation will still form. Go for multi-pane windows as they won’t only prevent this problem from occurring, but will also increase your home’s energy efficiency, improve its comfort and give you energy savings.
It’s possible to replace your windows during winter. However, you need to choose an experienced contractor for the project to make sure. A good contractor will take measures to ensure your home stays protected against harsh winter elements. Usually, windows are removed and replaced one at a time to minimize the amount of outdoor air that enters the house.
When it’s time for a window replacement, turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio. We offer some of the most energy-efficient and doors in the industry. Give us a call at (419) 931-6087, or complete our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We work with homeowners in Findlay, OH.