How to Stop Annoying Window Condensation
What’s worse than foggy dirty windows that can’t get clean? Find out what causes pesky window condensation and how to prevent it.
Window condensation is a pesky common issue in many homes. Severe condensation can lead to wet windowsills and foggy glass you can’t see through. Luckily, there are many simple tricks you can try to get rid of condensation in your windows today. Read on for all the simple and easy things you can do to get rid of window condensation for good. Many of these tips won’t cost you a penny!
Count Your Plants
If you have lots of houseplants inside, you will have more humidity in the house. You can either reduce the number of inside plants you own or move them outside during winter. This can be an easy fix for window condensation.
Check the Humidifier Levels
Does your furnace have a built-in humidifier? Many do. Check your owner’s manual to be sure. Sometimes the solution to your window condensation is as simple as turning down the humidifier. If you keep a humidifier in your children’s room or in the bathroom, this could be the issue as well.
Turn on a Dehumidifier
Window condensation is sometimes due to having too much humidity in your home. You can get the moisture out of the air by plugging in a dehumidifier. Place it near the windows where you see lots of condensation. It’s a good idea to have a dehumidifier anyway to protect hardwood floors from separating. And it’s a good investment if anyone in your family has asthma. Keep it running for at least 48 hours. If the condensation has gone done significantly, then you know that the humidity is the issue. If not, then try one of these other solutions.
Use The Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
When you take a shower, make sure to turn on the bathroom fans. Otherwise, your steamy shower will make your home humid. Even if the bathroom is on a different level than the foggy windows. The same thing goes when you cook. Use your kitchen fan to expel the steam as you make dinner.
Get a Moisture Eliminator
For around $10, you can buy moisture eliminating kit. You simply place the product around the house and it will take out excess moisture from the air. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to try to get rid of window condensation.
Warm-up your Windows
Condensation happens when warm air hits a cold surface. If your windows are cold because it is cold outside, the warm air can cause condensation inside the windows. One easy fix is to raise the temperature of your windows slightly. You can do with by using curtains, drapes, or blinds. You may also raise the temperature in your home slightly to prevent the windows from getting so cold.
Install a Window Insulation Kit
These window insulation kits can be used on the inside or outside of your windows. On the outside, they keep heat in and reduce your energy bill. When you use them on the inside, they can prevent condensation and can lower your energy bill. Though they don’t necessarily look very nice, it is a good solution for winter window condensation.
Tackle Exterior Condensation
Sometimes, window condensation occurs on the exterior of a window. The only thing you can do to prevent this condensation is to use Rain X. You may have used Rain X on your car’s windshield. Well, it can also help your home windows. When you use this product, the water runs off your windows instead of collecting on it. Only try this method if you are sure that the condensation of your windows is outside.
Condensation Between Window Panes
The other possibility is that the condensation in your windows is happening between the window panes.
If you run your finger over the condensation and can’t touch it from the inside or outside of your window, you know it’s in between the panes. First, try cleaning the windows. The foggy film could be grease or leftover residue from a cleaning solution. Learn the best way to clean your windows and try it. If that doesn’t work, you are going to need window replacements.
When to Replace Your Windows
You may need to replace your windows if none of these previous methods took care of your window condensation. Sometimes, condensation builds up when the seal on your window no longer works. That means that cool air can get inside the window panes. As a result, you get both condensation and a higher energy bill. Depending on the age of your windows, you may be able to replace the panes and keep the same frames. This may be a less expensive option. However, don’t bother with this if your windows are old and nearing the end of their lifespan.
Some window types don’t make it possible for you to replace the panes. In these cases, you will need to replace the whole windows. The good thing about this is that new windows will likely be more energy-efficient and save you money on your energy bill. And, new windows these days last for many, many years and come with better technology for better insulation and reduced condensation.
We hope this guide on how to get rid of window condensation was helpful to you.
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