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Condensation on Windows: When Should I Worry?

Condensation on windows can be a sign of bigger issues

Spring brings warmer days to us here in Florida, accompanied by the typical rise in humidity as we get closer to summer. Those of us who call the Gulf Coast home are used to seeing droplets of water clinging to our windows this time of year. Although this is common when should you worry about condensation on windows?

Although some condensation is inevitable in our climate, take note of where the moisture is forming and how much there is. Large amounts of moisture forming in certain locations may mean you have an issue with your windows.

Why is There Condensation on Windows?

Condensation is the process of moisture collecting on surfaces that are cooler than the surrounding air. When warm, moist air meets cool window panes, droplets form on the surface. In Florida during hot and humid weather you will find condensation accumulating on the exterior of windows.

When Should I Worry About Condensation?

Although finding condensation on windows is not uncommon, when it forms in certain places it may signify a larger issue. If condensation is found between the layers of glass in your windows, it’s a sure sign the airtight seal is broken. It’s important to replace the glass unit as soon as possible, as windows with compromised seals lose most of their energy efficient properties.

Finding an excess of moisture on the interior surfaces of your windows throughout the year is also cause for concern. Too much moisture can cause spots on ceilings and walls, peeling paint, rotting wood, and provide the water mold needs to grow. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to minimize the moisture in your home and decrease condensation on your windows!

Decreasing Moisture and Condensation

Try the following suggestions to help alleviate moisture and condensation forming in your home:

Use Exhaust Fans and Vents

Running the exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room helps to remove excess moisture from your home. Heat and water meet in these areas, leading to increased humidity and the formation of condensation. Turning on fans and vents in these rooms keeps air circulating, helping to regulate both the temperature and humidity. Opening draperies and blinds also helps circulate the air surrounding windows, further decreasing moisture and condensation.

Purchase Energy Efficient Windows

Investing in windows with a high insulation value is a great choice for preventing excessive condensation on windows. Energy efficient, double glazed vinyl windows are very effective at reducing condensation. When the hollow cavities within vinyl frames of some models are filled with insulation it further increases their efficiency.

Call Lee’s Glass & Window Works to Reduce Condensation on Your Windows

 At Lee’s Glass & Window Works, we are experienced in replacing and repairing windows and sliding glass doors. Call us today and stay cool this summer while preventing condensation on the windows in your home!

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- David