Window condensation in the winter is a common issue for many homeowners in Bourne, MA. And while the condensation itself isn’t the issue, it’s the moisture and damp patches. These can cause mold and mildew to grow on the drywall and furniture. More than that, it means that your home has weak spots which can lead to costly renovations and repairs. Fortunately, there are ways to address window condensation during cold weather months.
One of the leading window companies in the area shares more here.
Causes of Window Condensation
Window condensation usually occurs due to one or more of the following causes:
Poorly Insulated Windows – Older windows may not be adequately insulated, which allows warm air from inside your home to escape and cold air from outside your home to enter. This leads to window surfaces becoming cold enough for water vapor from indoor air to collect on them as condensation.
High Humidity – High humidity levels inside your home can cause interior walls and windows to become colder than the dew point temperature—the temperature at which water vapor starts turning into liquid droplets (i.e., when it “condenses”).
Cold Weather – Cold outdoor temperatures cause window surfaces facing outdoors to become much colder than those that are inside. This difference in surface temperatures then causes water vapor to gather on these cooler outdoor-facing window panes.
Solutions for Reducing Window Condensation
If you’re experiencing window condensation in your home this winter, there are solutions to help reduce the problem in addition to window replacement.
Weatherstripping – Installing weatherstripping around all sides of your existing windows will help reduce drafts that allow hot air to escape outwards through gaps around frames and sashes. This also prevents cold air from coming in.
Caulking – Fill in any cracks or holes found near edges of frames/sash openings using caulking material specially designed to fill small gaps where drafts could sneak through. This is a great step to take to fully ensure that no cold air will get into your home.
Consider Double- or Triple-Pane Windows – Upgrading single-pane windows with double/triple-pane window systems can help keep your home better insulated from outside elements. These windows also reduce the energy your home uses to maintain steady temperatures throughout the year.
Look for Low-E Coating and Argon Gas – Special low emissivity (Low E) coatings are designed to reflect heat into the room while also preventing ultraviolet rays from entering. In addition, filling the space between panes with argon gas helps keep warm air indoors and prevents cold exterior air from coming in which causes condensation.
For more information on how to address window condensation this winter, get in touch with Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod in Bourne, MA. Our team of window contractors can help you find the best solution for your home and budget. Call (508) 936-1171 or fill out our contact form to get started.