Winter is coming, and that means one thing: that annoying hazy fog on your windows is coming back as well. That foggy haze is none other than condensation forming on your windows. So you might be asking yourself what does this mean, and how can I stop it from happening? Continue to find out!
What is window condensation?
Condensation is a natural phenomenon that occurs due to humidity and temperature. As the temperature of an object becomes cooler than the air around it, the air's humidity starts to form back into a liquid. This is what causes the wet, foggy haze on your window or the droplets of water along an ice-cold beverage.
How to Stop Window Condensation from forming
Here are some steps to follow to prevent window condensation:
Turn on your fans. Yes, even in the winter. The fan's rotation helps circulate airflow, moving warm air off your ceiling and back down to the floor. It's especially important to turn fans on whenever you cook or shower. Both activities release a lot of humidity into the air, so it's a smart move to turn on those exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom for about 20 minutes after you cook or shower.
Use a dryer to dry clothes instead of air drying. While air-drying your clothes on a clothing line is an environmentally conscious option to do in the summer, it is a big no-no in the winter. Every load of laundry releases about 5 pints of water into the air. So to prevent the air in your home from getting more humid, it's best to use an electric dryer.
Be careful with the humidifier. While humidifiers can help with things like sinus problems, dry skin, and chapped lips they also release humidity into the air. If window condensation is an issue in your homes and you have a humidifier, try turning it down.
Use curtains and drapes to increase the temperature of your windows. Remember, condensation is caused by an object being colder than the air around it. To prevent condensation from forming on your window, try and raise its temperature with some curtains or drapes.
Move house plants away from windows. Plants can release moisture into your homes air through their leaves. So keeping plants away from windows can help prevent adding additional water to the air around the window.
Install better-insulated windows. Windows with better insulation are designed to handle humidity better and can significantly help with condensation reduction.
Here at Statewide Remodeling, we offer energy efficient window products that dramatically improve your home's thermal insulation and indoor comfort. If you're interested in learning more about our window installations, visit our website or call us today at (512) 402-7500.