Usually during colder months you may start spotting condensation on your windows and doors. While it’s easy to think it’s time to find the cause, it actually tells you that your windows and doors are doing what they’re supposed to do.
The good part is that there are a couple ways you can take this issue head-on to minimize it from happening in the future. To fully understand what is happening with your replacement windows and doors, take a few seconds to peruse the FAQs below.
Do my new replacement windows or doors cause condensation?
The easy way to answer this question is to say no. When you first catch a glimpse of condensation you may think there’s a problem with the window since that is where the water is forming. In reality, that’s not what’s happening. The fact that condensation is showing up proves that your windows and doors are doing what they’re supposed to do. Getting replacement windows and doors for those old drafty windows and doors decreases airflow in your home, making an even tighter seal. Homes with tighter seals actually retain more humidity. Prior to replacing your windows or doors, the dryer, colder air was able to leak in to your home, mixing with the warmer, more humid air inside. When mixed, the air’s humidity was lower, decreasing the opportunity for condensation to form. So those new replacement windows and doors may have actually resulted in a higher humidity level in your home to rise.
How does condensation form?
Condensation is created when colder surfaces like windows and doors cool the nearby humid air. The water vapor in the air then goes back to water in its liquid form. In really cold climates, the interior surface can get so cold that the condensation can change in to frost or ice. Experiencing condensation on the interior or exterior paint is common as well, especially when the indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity are far apart. For example, in the summer when you pull something cold out of the refrigerator, the air is humid and warm. That is why the cold item you just took out suddenly becomes wet as it is exposed to the warmer air. What happened is that the temperature of the item from the refrigerator is below the dew point temperature of the air, which is caused by condensation on the outside of that container.
What steps can I take to reduce the condensation and humidity in my home?
In order to lessen condensation, humidity levels in the home have to be controlled and you must produce air movement. Using exhaust fans in the kitchen, laundry room and your bathrooms can help keep the air moving. You can also vent any gas burners, clothes dryers or other appliances to the outdoors to assist as well. Also, be sure to turn off any furnace humidifiers or other humidifying devices in your home. To help lower the humidity in your home, you can use a dehumidifier or air out your house for a little bit each day.
Understanding condensation is just the beginning to keeping your home at peak comfort. If you have any questions about condensation and whether your replacement windows and doors are doing their jobs properly, give Pella Windows and Doors in Wellesley a call or stop by the showroom.