In the colder months of the year, we’ve all woken up to find condensation fogging up our home’s windows.
The fogging can be normal. Especially when it’s warm in your home and cold outside. This can be a sign of well-sealed windows and doors. But should you be worried about excessive amounts of sweating?
When does condensation on windows signal time for a replacement? Is there a way to limit some of the sweating to preserve the integrity of your frames and seals?
In short, there are many ways to eradicate condensation. But you should also be prepared for eventual replacement. Keep reading so you can find out more!
1. Invest in a Dehumidifier
One of the best solutions to condensation issues in cold months is getting a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers will draw moisture out of the air, decreasing humidity levels in your home. They will also help your home feel warm and dry as winter progresses. There are many kinds of dehumidifiers. Find one that is easy to move around so you can focus it on a space.
2. Run Exhaust Fans When Cooking or Bathing
There is nothing better than a hot, steamy shower in winter.
But this amount of moisture in the air can damage your home. Make sure you always run the exhaust fan in your bathroom while bathing.
Using vents and exhaust fans while cooking will help decrease condensation as well. If you like cooking, invest in a crockpot or Instantpot. This equipment will limit the amount of steam your cook time produces.
It’s also important to make sure the dryer vents in your home are free and clear of lint. This allows your dryer to work more efficiently, eliminating the amount of moisture it kicks back into your home.
3. Use Anti-Fog Solutions
Sometimes you have to think a little bit outside of the box when it comes to de-fogging windows.
Using materials like Rain-X on car windows is a surefire way of eliminating fogging during cold mornings. So why not use some of it on your home windows?
This is a great way to get around excessive moisture in your home.
Wiping Rain-X on the exterior of the window until it disappears will force any gathering water to run off, instead of pooling in your window frames and panes.
4. Move Indoor Plants
Having a few plants inside of your home is great for your health.
But it may not be so great for your home’s windows. Plants produce quite a bit of moisture that can lead to increased humidity. Moving indoor plants outside during warmer periods can help eliminate humidity.
If you have a sunroom that stays dry all year round, consider moving all plants to that space during the winter.
5. Get an Insulation Kit
Improving your home’s insulation can lead to warmer home temperatures, better efficiency and a significant decrease in condensation on windows.
Investing in an insulation kit is an easy and effective method that will save you money in the long run. All window kits go on clear, are easy to apply and can be removed once warmer temperatures return.
Condensation on Windows? Know When it’s Time to Replace
While all of these easy methods may help decrease condensation on windows, there may come a time when you can’t escape excessive moisture.
If you think your home’s efficiency is slipping drastically, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. This is an expensive solution. But it will increase your home’s energy, keep the cold away from your interior spaces and ultimately save you money.
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