Is the Condensation on Your Home’s Windows Telling You Something?
Condensation on home windows can be alarming to homeowners. Thankfully, the moisture that appears on the windows is not an indication that the windows need to be replaced. However, condensation on home windows may be alerting you to other issues.
Moisture is naturally a part of the air inside our homes. Warm air is best equipped to handle excess moisture. However, once that warm air comes into contact with cold windows, the moisture in the air changes from water vapor to condensation.
Causes of Condensation
A number of issues within the home can elevate excess humidity. Knowing the triggers of window condensation can help homeowners to find and address the source of the moisture.
- Remodeling – New building supplies often have a high moisture content. As the materials dry, water escapes into the air, increasing the humidity. This issue should resolve itself after the first season you use your heat.
- High Humidity – During periods of high humidity outdoors, the humidity in your house will rise as your home absorbs moisture. As the heat in your home is used more frequently, the humidity levels will decrease.
- Poor Ventilation – Moisture can become trapped in a home if there is inadequate ventilation, particularly in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Consult an HVAC professional to address ventilation concerns.
- Faulty HVAC – One of the jobs of your HVAC system is to remove excess water from the air. If this is not happening, you may want to look into a whole house dehumidifier. For additional information on condensation on home windows, contact the experts at Sobieski Services, Inc.
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