Condensation on windows is generally regarded as a bad sign, though this is often not the case. In the following video, we answer common questions about condensation, what you can do to avoid it, and how the right window replacement can help.
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How Condensation Forms
A quick refresher: condensation forms when warm moist air comes in contact with a cool surface – just like how a cold drinking glass will form water droplets on the outer surface. The same thing happens on window panes. The good news is that in most cases, this indicates your windows are working as designed. If this happens often, it means your indoor humidity level is higher than normal.
The only time that you should worry is when the condensation forms inside the airspace between dual-glaze window glass. Since it’s supposed to be airtight, the presence of moisture means the seals have failed. This means if you have had the airspace filled with insulating inert gas like argon, it would have already leaked out. Don’t worry, it’s not toxic and won’t smell.
How You Can Control Indoor Humidity
Moisture in the air comes from daily activities like cooking, showering, and doing the laundry. Practically anything that involves a substantial amount of water or steam contributes to your indoor humidity levels. Problems like leaky roofs, overflowing gutters, and flooded basements also contribute.
Fortunately, you can easily control indoor humidity. Running a dehumidifier is one solution, or you can simply crack a window open daily for 15 minutes to let the excess moisture escape. Fret not about insects or debris floating indoors, because we offer TruScene® High Transparency Insect Screens. These screens have 50% more clarity than standard insect screens and can be installed on existing windows. TruScene also comes as part of our operable replacement windows.
Investing in energy-efficient windows helps you keep your home weathertight, and reduce any other possible external source of indoor moisture. The combination of Fibrex® material and High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options ensure effective insulation, improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen® of Columbus serves homeowners in and around Dublin and Columbus, Ohio. To know more about our energy-efficient replacement windows, call us today at (614) 305-1111 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free in-home consultation.