May 30th, 2013
If you’re like many, you may have noticed condensation on your windows recently. Nowhere is this more true than in Houston, TX; in fact, many people begin to consider home window replacement when they notice just that. As the humidity begins to build, condensation is going to start forming on a number of surfaces, and in many places, it’s just as destructive as allowing water to build up on any other surface. Wondering why you have condensation on the windows in your home? This quick guide can help you sort it out.
The key to knowing more about why you have condensation on your windows is learning more about condensation itself. It has quite a bit to do with temperature. Rain clouds form so high above the air because as the moisture near the earth warms, it goes up, just like warm air does. The further up it goes, the more it cools down. Cold air can’t trap moisture the way warm air can, so the droplets gather anywhere they can, which means on dust particles. As they get heavier and heavier, they form rain. Condensation works exactly the same way. Warm air hits the windows, cools, then can’t hold the water any longer. If there’s enough of it, condensation happens.
In some homes, this is caused because the windows are too tight. There are lots of things in the house that add extra moisture to the air. An improperly vented dryer, for example, could discharge moisture, as could a dishwasher. Air tight window seals, though, mean keeping heat out but keeping everything else in. As the air gets thicker, condensation begins to form inside the home because of the air temperature difference. Fortunately, there are a number of prevention methods you can use. You could install a dehumidifier or an exhaust fan to help get moisture out of the air in your home. Bathrooms and basements are prime territory for these. If that’s not really your cup of tea, you may want to crack the windows during the day or while you’re running your dryer or dishwasher.
Replacing your windows is another way to kill the condensation. Some of today’s best windows are designed to stop that horrific temperature transfer that can cause condensation. If you go with a double-pane window, or even a triple-pane version, you get an air barrier that makes it harder for condensation to form. No matter how humid it gets outside, the new windows will keep it from becoming that way inside.
Investing in the right windows to stop condensation will certainly take a chat with a good contractor. In Bellaire, TX, and throughout the US, not all replacement windows are created alike, so you need to make certain that you get some designed to meet the needs of your home, or you could be right back in the same situation again. Condensation doesn’t have to be a problem, but it will take a proactive approach to make certain you don’t have to deal with it again in your home.
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