If you notice moisture on your windows, the first thing you must do is determine which type of moisture it is. Moisture on your windows will be in one of three places – inside the window, outside the window, and between the panes. Interior window condensation is caused by excessive moisture inside your home and happens in the winter when the window temperature is colder than the air in your home. With today’s homes being built “tighter”, it is harder for moisture to escape. Exterior window condensation is caused by dew and occurs when the window is colder than the dew point. Condensation between window panes occurs when the seal between the panes is broken. If that is the case, you may need to remove that window and add a replacement window. Follow this link to learn more about replacement windows from Blue Springs Siding and Windows
Moisture on the Interior of your Windows Can Cause Damage Inside Your Home
Moisture on the interior of your windows can damage plaster, paint, and wood window sills. If the moisture you see is on the interior of your windows, your best bet is to reduce the amount of moisture inside your home. There are several ways to reduce the humidity. First, if you have a humidifier running, turn it down. You can also use your bathroom and kitchen fans when you cook or shower. Using your ceiling fans to keep the air circulating can reduce condensation by more evenly distributing the moisture. (In the winter, make sure your fans are rotating in a clockwise motion to push warm air off the ceiling and back down to the living area.) Opening your windows occasionally, when it’s not too cold, can help moisture escape as well. Plants create moisture too, so move any plants away from your window to another part of the room. Using storm windows can help reduce condensation on your interior windows because the space between the two windows acts as a buffer allowing the interior window to stay warmer. Adding weather stripping can also help reduce condensation if you’re using storm windows during the winter months. Also, window insulation kits, when installed on the inside, can prevent interior condensation.
Exterior Condensation Is More of an Annoyance than a Problem
Moisture on the outside of your window is really more of a nuisance than anything else. It is simply condensation and it will evaporate once the window warms up. Usually, the heat of the sun will take care of it by mid-morning. If it impedes your view or really bothers you, one simple trick is to apply a rain guard product like the ones you use on your windshield. It helps the droplets gather together and run off with the help of gravity.
Moisture between Window Panes Is a Problem
Condensation between your window panes is the biggest problem. It means you have a broken seal. Before assuming this, however, first, clean the window to determine that the moisture is indeed between the panes and not on the exterior. Cleaning also ensures that the haziness is not a buildup of something like dirt or grease on the inside. If you’re sure that the condensation is between the panes, this means that the seal is broken and you will have to replace the glass. Some older windows and those manufactured by certain companies are not designed to replace the glass only. You may end up replacing the entire window. On the bright side, however, new replacement windows will be much more energy efficient and save you money on heating and cooling bills year round. For more information on how to save on energy bills, click on this link 5 Easy Home Hacks to Decrease Winter Energy Bills
If you have moisture between your window panes, call Blue Springs Siding and Windows for a free consultation at (816) 228-5225. If you’d like to learn more about replacement windows, click on this link for a Free Guide to Choosing the Best Replacement Windows.