When you see your glass windows sweating, it’s easy to worry, thinking that you are dealing with leakage. Don’t be too hasty on calling for a window replacement, though! There is a pretty big chance that it’s just condensation.
What is condensation?
Condensation is that ‘sweat’ that you see forming on the glass, which is actually a telltale sign that your home has excess humidity. As you probably know, humidity is drawn to cooler surfaces like windows. Any surface that is cooler than room temperature can show condensation.
What can cause condensation?
There are a lot of things and activities done inside your home that could lead to an increase in indoor moisture. Household tasks like cooking, doing the dishes and running the dryer are huge contributors to moisture. So are showering, keeping fish tanks, using humidifiers and even just breathing!
There are also other factors like the climate in your area. If you experience harsher winters it is likelier that condensation will happen. Also, the style of your window can contribute to condensation. You may notice that your bow, garden or bay windows show more condensation than others. It’s because their protruded style makes them a little cooler.
If you have had your replacement windows recently, they can show more condensation than your old set of windows. Does this mean there’s a problem with them? Not at all! The reason for this is that your new windows are actually more airtight, so there’s less air getting into your home.
There’s less condensation with older windows because air is leaking and the moisture evaporates even before they can accumulate and show on the glass.
What should be done then?
There are a number of things you can do to lessen moisture in your home.
Avoid overwatering your indoor plants.
Do not store firewood inside your home.
Fix any plumbing leaks.
Increase ventilation by opening windows for a few minutes when possible.
Use ceiling fans for better air circulation.
Note that if condensation is showing in between the glass panes it may be an indication that there is seal failure. If this keeps happening, there is a possibility you would need to make that window replacement call after all.
Still concerned about condensation or in need of new windows? Your window experts from Renewal by Andersen of Denver can help answer your questions and provide you with products and services you can rely on. Call our team at (303) 823-4312 or (719) 419-5496. We serve Denver and nearby areas.