How to Stop Condensation on Windows in Winter
If not addressed immediately, window condensation can rot wood moulding, damage plaster and cause mold growth within your window unit.
Keep reading to learn why there is condensation on—and between—your windows, what you can do to prevent condensation in the future and steps to get rid of condensation.
Why Is There Condensation on My Windows?
Condensation on the exterior of your windows is a normal process, typically caused by high humidity levels. While this is more common in the summer months because of increased humidity, it can still occur in the winter.
Interior window condensation can be caused by excessive moisture in a home due to cooking, showering, and improper ventilation. This type of condensation often occurs during the winter months because of the extreme difference between inside and outside temperatures.
Condensation between your window panes can be caused by a broken seal due to heat from direct sun exposure that expanded and contracted the panes.
In addition to a broken seal, condensation might occur due to a saturated desiccant within the window unit.
How Can I Get Rid of Condensation on My Windows?
To get rid of interior condensation on your windows, follow these tips:
- Clean the windows—Try wiping down the windows to get rid of any buildup that isn’t condensation.
- Adjust the humidifier—By turning down the humidifier in your home (if you have one), the system will release less moisture in the air and reduce some condensation within your home.
- Use ceiling fans—Turn your fans on, even in the winter, to push warm air off the ceiling and back down to the floor.
- Raise the temperature inside your home—This can increase the air temperature inside your home and reduce humidity on windows.
If you have condensation between your double-pane windows, the best way to get rid of it is to hire a professional to either replace the window pane or the entire window.
Since failed window seals can diminish the insulating properties of a unit and alter the comfort levels of your home, it is best to address the problem as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Condensation on Windows in Winter
Here are some common ways to prevent condensation on your windows in the winter.
- Reduce moisture sources in your home by decreasing humidifier use and limiting the amount of plants you have.
- Increase ventilation during cooking and open windows (if it’s not too cold outside) to improve air circulation.
- Install better-insulated windows that handle humidity better, therefore preventing condensation from forming.
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U.S. Department of Energy: https://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-windows