Condensation on Windows
Windows dripping wet isn’t a very pleasant sight, even more so if this is a daily occurrence. Most times you will ignore and overlook the issue but sometimes too much of moisture on and from windows can cause damage to the surroundings which may cost you dearly. Cities like Vancouver experience a lot of humidity and the weather contributes to increase the occurrence of moisture on windows or a phenomenon commonly referred to as condensation.
So why do condensation occur? Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air deposits itself on surfaces that have lower temperatures. The surface of your windows is cold at most times and when moist air comes into contact with this cold surface, moisture is released on the glass. So when warm air collides with a cold surface, or the humidity inside your home is too high, condensation happens. Some humidity is good for your homes but not excessive humidity because that could cause problems of mold, decay, structural damage etc.
Controlling Interior Condensation
Moisture on the windows can happen on either side of the windows, on the interior and exterior sides. Interior condensation occurs on the inside of your windows and there are different ways you can reduce this.
Get a Moisture Eliminator
If you feel that there is too much moisture in your house and you need help to get rid of them you can purchase moisture eliminators. There can come in buckets which you can set on the floors or come in bags which can be hanged in rooms which are prone to more moisture like bathrooms, kitchens, etc. they help to remove excess moisture from the air.
Reduce Use of Humidifiers
Humidifiers are used in many houses. Many parents look to have one in the nursery. These humidifiers increase the amount of moisture in the air. Try to reduce the use of humidifiers in your homes and see the difference it makes.
Install exhaust fans in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. A lot of moisture is released during showers and cooking. And this moisture is unable to escape the house. Use fans in kitchens and bathrooms as this helps to remove the moisture from the air. Have them switched on for around 15 minutes after you cook or take shower.
Air circulation plays a major role in removing moisture from the air. This you can do by making use of your ceiling fans. The rotation of the fans helps to bring warm air down to the floors from the ceiling.
Keep Windows Open
Keeping windows closed all through the day helps to keep moisture air trapped inside. Open the windows and allow the warm moist air to escape.
Raising the temperature of the windows can also help to prevent condensation on windows. Condensation happens when warm air touches the cold surface of the windows. If the window surface is warm then condensation will not occur. This can be done by increasing the temperature of the house slightly.
Window treatments like blinds and shades can also be used to increase the temperature of the house as they don’t allow warm air to escape through the windows. Norman shutters, outdoor roller shades, smart blinds, etc. are equipped to help you deal with excess moisture and also prevent heat loss. Build of your windows and their installation also can make a huge difference. Given the usage of modern technologies, windows are able to insulate better and helps to retain heat and prevent condensation.
Window Insulation Kit
Window insulation kits are available which can be installed on either side of the windows. When they are installed on the interior of the windows they help to reduce condensation. When they are installed on the outside they help to reduce heat loss but do not prevent condensation.
Weather stripping can be added to the windows to prevent warm air from escaping the home. Storm windows help reduce condensation during winter months. They also help to make your windows more energy efficient.
Controlling Exterior Condensation
Exterior condensation occurs on the outer surface of the windows. You can adopt measures to reduce moisture on the exterior surface of the windows.
Rain X is often applied on glass surfaces like windshields but they also help to reduce condensation on windows. They can be applied on the exterior surface of your windows. They help to gather water together and then run off the window.
Heat of Sun
This is the natural process for which you have to wait. As the sun comes up they warm up the outer surface of the windows and helps moisture to evaporate.
You can adopt any of the measures or perhaps a combination of them to deal with excess moisture on your windows depending upon the intensity of condensation.