The beads of water from condensation are not wholly bad because they indicate humidity. What makes them troublesome is when moisture starts to build up. Too much humidity can cause inconvenience in your home, like “sweaty” casement windows, mold or mildew, and damaged ceilings and walls. Let Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico elaborate the concept of condensation and how to minimize it in your home.
Cause of Moisture
Condensation occurs when hot, watery air meets colder surfaces, like your glass windows. Although it is more frequently noticeable during winter season, it can also happen during summer. Imagine your chilly iced tea glass on a sunny day. Your glass is cold and the air is hot and humid. When these two meet, your glass appears to be sweating. This only means that condensation happens very normally and frequently.
Each action that requires the consumption of water adds moisture. For instance, cooking thrice per day can increase four or five pints of water in the air while showering can make a half-pint.
The appearance of moisture on your double hung windows may also indicate that your windows have tight seals. The elements that make your home energy-efficient – such as windows that lessen air leaks, weatherstripping, contemporary insulation, vapor barriers, and a modern construction style -all trap water in your house. This increases the possibility of condensation forming.
Preventing Moisture Build-up
To avoid excess moisture in your home, turn off the humidifier (if you have one) when you perceive signs of condensation on your windows. Alternatively, you can try some other ways to lessen humidity in your home:
Vent appliances and exhaust fans to the outside.
Properly ventilate your attic, crawl space, and furnace.
Invest in vapor barriers.
Run an exhaust fan in the kitchen when cooking and in the bath or shower room until the mirrors are clear.
Don’t keep firewood in your home.
Want to learn more about humidity and condensation in your home? Contact your trusted replacement windows partner at (505) 273-2815. Renewal by Andersen of New Mexico stands ready to help you. We serve residents in Albuquerque, NM, and nearby areas.