Condensation problems around windows can cause pesky problems in Canadian buildings when the temperature outside drops during the winter. Condensation develops because of humidity and temperature differences between the outside and the inside of a building.
Not only can condensation create a grungy, unattractive appearance on both the exterior and interior of a home, but it can also lead to moisture damage such as staining and mold growth.
If you've noticed that your windows accumulate excessive condensation during the colder months of the year, you can do the following to improve the situation:
Increase air circulation
Condensation is often aggravated by stagnant air around windows. Allowing air to adequately circulate will often remedy the situation.
You can increase air circulation by pulling up your blinds and leaving your curtains tied back. Opening windows will also quickly increase air circulation, but usually outdoor temperatures will be too low to permit this. However, opening the windows briefly may quickly do away with built up condensation, so it could be an effective temporary fix.
Get a dehumidifier
Moist air in your home will create a situation where condensation is more likely and potentially severe. A dehumidifier will remove this moisture from the air.
If you're noticing the most condensation on one particular window or in one particular area, put the dehumidifier right next to this spot to maximize its effectiveness.
Pay attention to your laundry area
Dryer vents that aren't functioning properly are common causes of condensation issues. These vents need to let out humidity that is created by your dryer when it's in operation.
Another thing you should make sure you're not doing in your laundry area is leaving damp laundry lying around to slowly air dry. This can increase moisture in your air and aggravate condensation around windows.
Check for moisture leaks into your home
The more moisture you have in your home, the more humid your air will be. Moisture that seeps into your home through cracks and roof leaks will evaporate into your air and increase the likelihood of window condensation.
You should check for cracks or leaks in your ceiling and walls if you notice condensation building up in your windows. Also, you should caulk around your windows and doors to seal any gaps around these fixtures in your walls that could be letting moisture in.
Vent rooms properly when using your shower and oven
Your shower and oven are responsible for rapidly increasing the temperature in your bathroom and kitchen when they are in use. Running hot shower water will not only raise temperatures, but also increase humidity.
Taking advantage of any exhaust systems in place in your bathroom and kitchen can help fix condensation problems on windows in these two rooms of the home.
Contact a window contractor, like J & J Aluminum & Vinyl Products, to see what window options are available to prevent condensation.