Windows are an integral part of the home architecture and can make or break the interiors of the house. While the windows enhance the visual appeal of the house, provide better ventilation, and also brighten up the interiors, they also come with their fair share of issues as well. Poor heat insulation, inability to block out the external light and the privacy issues are some of the prominent issues related to glass windows.
Moisture in the form of condensation on the windows is another common problem that not only affects the visibility of the outside but also adversely affects the durability of the windows and the window coverings especially if organic material is used in the window frame and the window treatments.
What Does Moisture on Your Window Interiors Mean?
Moisture on your window interiors is a result of condensation of the humidity on the window frame present in the air around the window. The condensation happens when the warm moist air falls on a cool surface. Hence, you would notice that you will find moisture more often on your windows in places such as your kitchen or your bathroom. These places are frequently exposed to warm moist air in the form of steam. Also, the condensation on the inner side of your windows happens more often during the winters when it is chilly outside the house. When the warm moist air falls on the window glass it is cooler as it is directly exposed to the cold winter chill outside the house.
The condensation of moisture happens due to warm moist air coming in contact with a cool surface. However, this is the basic science behind the phenomenon but there are other factors that contribute to it. Poor air ventilation is a major reason behind the warm moist air lingering in the room long enough to settle down on surfaces such as the windows. This can happen if you keep the windows closed for long durations or there is a lack of enough free space along the walls and corners to ensure smooth flow of air. Cooking food or taking hot water or steam bath without turning on the exhaust, etc. are some of the common reasons that contribute to the formation of warm moist air inside the house, that ultimately ends up as moisture on your window interiors.
How to Prevent Condensation of Moisture on Your Window Interiors
There are many simple steps that you can take to prevent the condensation of moisture on the surface of your windows. Lets us look at them in greater detail:
Turn on the Exhaust While Cooking or Taking a Hot Water Bath
Cooking the food involves the creation of a significant amount of steam that can linger around in the kitchen if there isn’t enough ventilation in the kitchen. This lingering moisture in the air later condenses and settles on the surface of the kitchen windows. If you turn on the exhaust fan when cooking, the warm moist air gets sucked out of the kitchen and the air inside the kitchen remains dry. Thus, the condensation on the window interiors is prevented.
Similarly, when taking a hot water bath, you can consider keeping the exhaust fan turned on to prevent any build-up of steam inside the bathroom. This is really helpful in ensuring that the air inside the bathroom remains relatively drier.
Keep the Area Near the Walls Clear
Ensuring good air circulation is of paramount importance if you want to prevent condensation of moisture on the windows. Space along the walls plays a key role in ensuring proper air circulation. If you clutter or obstruct that space by putting furniture on other things close to the walls, it breaks the smooth circulation of air and as a result traces of moist air linger around in the room long enough to condensate on your window interiors. Hence, it is advisable to keep the area close to the walls relatively more open and decluttered for smoother air circulation.
Get a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air. You can get one of these for your house as these dehumidifiers can effectively remove the moisture in the air inside your house and keep the atmosphere inside the house drier and thereby can prevent the accumulation of moisture on the window interiors. You just need to place the dehumidifier near the window that sees the most amount of condensation.
If you have too many houseplants inside your house and especially near your windows, that can also contribute to the formation of moisture on the window interiors. The houseplants help keep the air inside the house cooler and thereby increasing the chances of condensation on the windows. Therefore, removing some of the houseplants from inside the room or near the window frame will be a good idea if you want to prevent the accumulation of moisture on the window interiors.
Avoid Air-Drying Your Clothes Inside your House
Sometimes the weather does not permit people to dry their clothes by hanging them out in the open so that the warmth of the sunlight can dry the clothes. Thus many people opt for air-drying their clothes as it can easily be done inside the house. However, air-drying your clothes also leads to the build-up of warm moist air inside the house. Hence you can avoid air-drying your clothes and opt for drying them in the sun or to use the inbuilt mechanism in your washing machine to dry your clothes.
These are some of the simpler steps that you can undertake to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the condensation of the same on the window surface.