When a glass surface is exposed to a significant temperature difference, condensation occurs. An ice-cold glass of water on a summer day would “sweat” because its temperature is much lower than the hot air around it. Your home’s windows can do the same. There is often no need to worry about window condensation as it generally disappears on its own. It may be difficult to wipe away moisture if you are unable to do so easily. Here are a few scenarios to consider with your Chandler, AZ windows.
Find The Cause
The first step is to determine whether the condensation is occurring outside your windows or inside them by wiping away the moisture. It’s not a problem if it’s on the outside, since the wetness is naturally formed when the window is more than a degree colder than the dew point.
A high relative humidity level in your home can cause condensation to form on the inside. Constant exposure to water can cause a wooden window frame to blister, crack, and warp if there is excessive indoor condensation, which can result in dangerous and destructive mold and mildew growth. Also, the moisture can penetrate the wall surrounding the window and cause unsightly water stains and eventually disintegrate the drywall. When moisture gets stuck between the panes of your window, you can’t wipe it away from the inside or outside. A broken seal between the panes or oversaturated desiccant (an absorbent material) between the panes could cause this problem. For this problem to be solved, either the window needs to be resealed or the panes must be replaced. Replacement of the entire window is necessary if the panes are too old for replacement.
Stop It From The Outside
Condensation outside is a natural phenomenon, so it shouldn’t be addressed. Moisture should be evaporated by the sun throughout the day. To prevent condensation from forming on your windows, apply windshield water repellent like Rain X in the morning if you’re eager to see outside. Droplets are encouraged to gather and run off when a water repellent is applied.
Stop It From The Inside
In a home with high humidity levels, your window may sweat from the inside. It is ideal to keep the relative humidity level between 30 and 50 percent in the winter and not exceed 60 percent in the summer. Using a hygrometer or the humidity meter built into most smart thermostats, you can determine the relative humidity in your home. As many people do in the winter, turn down your humidifier if you’re using one. Relative humidity of more than 60 percent can cause damage to your walls and promote mold growth in your home.
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