Winter weather brings with it a variety of possible issues to look forward to. There may be the bigger, more commonplace occurrences: road hazards, heating issues, clogged gutters, etc. One series of issues you may notice less in the winter is related to the condition of your windows. A more obvious problem that needs repair is the glass shattering, but have you noticed what happens when you get condensation on your windows?
What is Window Condensation?
Condensation is the wet fog that may form on your windows. This is most commonly seen when you are in your vehicle on a cold day and must turn on the defrosters in order to get rid of the haze on the outside of the window. Condensation occurs when warm air hits a surface (like the glass) that is cold. This is why external condensation can be seen when you’re in your warm car and it’s cold outside. In your home, however, what you don’t want to see is interior condensation. You will know it is interior condensation if you can run your finger across the surface and feel the wetness, such as with a shower mirror. With interior condensation, your home may have more moisture than normal in the air causing it.
Avoiding Interior Window Condensation
If you are experiencing interior window condensation, there are some ways to easily remedy this yourself. If you have humidifiers going in your home or in the room where the condensation is happening, the additional moisture they’re releasing into the air may be the source of your condensation troubles. Additionally, if you are cooking and find condensation is building, you can use the fan over your stove. The fan is perfect for removing that moisture from the air in about 10-20 minutes.
Another pretty easy fix you can do at home on your own is weather stripping. Adding weather stripping can make your home more energy-efficient overall and keep the warm air inside your home. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to alleviate condensation inside the home is by opening a window. If you can brave the cold for a bit, opening the window allows some of the moisture in the air to be dispersed.
What if the Condensation is Between the Panes?
At this point, it is time to call in the experts. Condensation appearing between the panes of glass may be indicative of windows that have been compromised in some way. If you find you are constantly having condensation appear between your window panes, give us a call at Capital Glass. We can assess your windows and see what the solution will be. We may have to replace one of the panes or the whole window itself, but with Capital Glass, you are in the best of hands for your window repair or glass replacement.