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How to Prevent Window Condensation

How To Prevent Window Condensation

What Should You Do About Window Condensation

If you spot condensation on your windows it’s usually an indication there’s too much moisture in the air. An occasional sighting is usually a non-issue—most likely, a window was left open and temperatures inside and outside were significantly different.

But, if you’re noticing frequent or constant condensation on windows, it could be the sign of a bigger problem—a problem that needs immediate troubleshooting. Ignore the warning signs and you could end up with serious mold and mildew on, in and around your windows—or, worse, an unhealthy indoor environment. Don’t risk it. Get in touch to learn more and to get your windows assessed now.

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Why You Can’t Ignore Window Condensation

Window condensation may seem like nothing, but it can be a serious problem. As many homeowners have discovered the hard way, it doesn’t take long for a small amount of moisture to cause damage to an entire window or windows. Soon, wood is breaking down, mold is building up and larger cracks start to appear. When you have peeling paint and a crumbling window frame or drywall, it’s an indication you need to take action.

Also, the presence of moisture should mean there’s a high risk of mold present. That puts anyone with an allergy or a weakened immune system at risk for respiratory issues. Condensation is a good indication of a problem developing or a problem already present. Remember, mold spores can get into the HVAC system and spread throughout the home.

So, what to do if you spot window condensation. Contact us for a full HVAC inspection—or try these simple home remedies that can help curb mild window condensation fast.

Check Humidity Levels

Humidity is important for keeping the air comfortable—too little and you may have dry, itchy skin, but too much can lead to mold buildup. It’s always best to work to keep it balanced. When condensation develops on doors and window panes, this generally means there is too much present. There are several reasons for this and ways to fix it.

Add More Bathroom Ventilation

A hot, steamy shower can feel good, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good for your home. With a bathroom vent, you can safely remove excess moisture from the home before it does damage. You want to make sure all moist air is vented outdoors to minimize this risk.

Upgrade Windows

Small cracks and areas of damage to windows can often lead to high humidity levels. If you have windows that are older, replace them with ENERGY STAR products. If you have a door that has a slight crack and you don’t want to replace it outright, consider adding a storm door to help minimize the amount of moisture getting in.

Vent Your Clothes Dryer

The clothes dryer uses heat to pull moisture out of the clothing. This has to vent out of the home to ensure it is minimizing the risk of moisture buildup inside the house. If this vent is clogged or missing, it creates a high-risk situation. Be sure to always check these ducts to minimize not just moisture buildup but also the presence of dangerous gases.

Improve Insulation

Sometimes the amount of insulation available is a big problem. If you don’t have enough in your home, it’s allowing air to get into the home, impacting the humidity level.

What Should You Do Now?

Your first step is to talk to your heating and cooling company to learn more about what’s happening with your system. You may benefit from an energy audit. At American Heating & Cooling, we can help you to pinpoint problems and find solutions. Call us now for a consultation.

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