Dealing with Condensation on Windows
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Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or simply facing challenges with maintaining your home, here’s a tip that can help.
This time of year, a very common problem a lot of homeowners face is excessive condensation on their windows. During cold weather, the warm air inside comes in contact with the cooler window panes. And, you guessed it, water forms on the glass and can cause a lot of mold, mildew, and even wood rot problems.
The secret to controlling this is to eliminate some of the moisture in the air. First, you need to find out just how high your humidity levels are inside. You can do this by purchasing an inexpensive tool called a hygrometer. Ideally, your levels should be less than 35% to eliminate the condensation.
A few things you can do to help lower the humidity includes running any ventilation fans in the bathrooms whenever you shower, as well as range hood fans whenever you’re cooking. In some cases, you may need the additional help of a dehumidifier.
Be sure to keep any window blinds open so moist air isn’t trapped between the blinds and the window. And use ceiling fans to create air circulation, which helps to dry moisture in the room and distributes heat more efficiently.
This First Time Homeowner tip brought to you by JELD-WEN Windows & Doors.