In summer and wintertime months many homeowners wake up throw open their blinds and are greeted with the unpleasant view of condensation covering their windows. If you are fighting this problem in your home there are a few things you can do to help prevent window condensation.
Is building better not always really better? We want our homes to be energy efficient so they are built with better building practices sealing up gaps and leaks. There are lots of benefits to a tightly sealed home. You can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter using less energy. Lower bills and higher efficiency are a good thing. But creating an air tight home also means more moisture gets trapped inside of your house.
Older homes have the upper hand. Homes built before the 1960s weren’t built with the same air tight standards. They don’t have the same insulation or vapor barriers meaning the building releases more built up moisture. These houses tend to have fewer condensation issues. Of course it also means higher heating and cooling bills!
The Culprit-Humidity. Humidity measures the amount of moisture in the air in your home. We create moisture in the air during every day activities. Taking your shower and doing laundry can up the level of humidity in your home.
How does condensation happen? Condensation on a window occurs when the surface of the window is cooler than the dew point temperature of air in contact with the window. Condensation results from a combination of surface temperature and moisture in the air.
Summer and wintertime are the most common times for window condensation to be a problem. This is because this is when the temperatures vary the most greatly from inside and out. In the summer condensation will form on the outside of the window, and in the winter condensation will form on the inside.
Winter condensation occurring on the inside of your window should be the biggest concern to a homeowner. This condensation does much more than block a view. It can sit on your window and surrounding wood or drywall. This can lead to problems with your paint, mold growth, and even decay.
How do you prevent window condensation? You need to take one of two, or better yet both, steps. The first involves upgrading your windows, the second is controlling the level of humidity in your home.
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Installing energy efficient windows. Energy efficient windows will reduce the condensation you experience. Why is this? Super efficient high performance windows lead to the inside glass surface temperatures being much closer to the room’s air temperature. Windows that have three or more layers of insulation have almost no condensation problems even when it is very very cold. Consider a Minneapolis roofing company for this work. Make certain the company you choose specializes not only in roofs, but home exteriors.
Consult a Minneapolis roofing company about adding storm windows if you do not have them.
Storm windows are important to have in a northern climate.
Control the humidity in your home to prevent window condensation. When it is practical open a window in your home to allow for moisture to escape. Opening a window while showering in addition to running an exhaust fan allows excess moisture to escape and not build in your home. Exhaust fans are your friend. Keep them running in your kitchen and bathrooms even after you have finished cooking and showering, this extra time clears out the extra moisture.
You want air to flow against the windows so open up blinds and drapes. And run any dehumidifiers you own!
Controlling the humidity in your home is the first step in preventing window condensation. The next step is meeting with a Minneapolis roofing company to plan for new energy efficient windows!
Did you know that Tradition Roofing and Exteriors, a Minneapolis roofing company, installs windows? Contact us to learn more about how we can outfit your home with new windows!