In the winter, have you noticed the moisture on your windows? Is the moisture on all of your windows or a few of your windows? The moisture you are looking at is called condensation. During the winter months, many homeowners wonder whether the condensation on their windows is a sign that they need new windows or not. Keep reading to determine your next steps when it comes to condensation.
What Is Condensation?
The best way to determine if the condensation on your windows means you need new replacement windows is to understand what condensation is and what causes it.
Condensation is a form of water. It is the result of the water vapors in the air in your home transforming into a liquid state; as a water vapor, it was a gas.
The process of condensation happens because the temperature in your home increases. In the end, you see moisture or condensation on your windows because water is attracted to the coolest place in your home, which is always your windows.
Is Condensation a Bad Sign?
In general, condensation isn’t a bad sign. In fact, you are witnessing an act of nature. The same process happens before it rains. In your home, condensation is a result of having a “tight” home. A home that’s well insulated--a home that keeps your heated air inside. In fact, if it’s cold outside and you have the heat on inside your home, you should be alarmed if you don’t have condensation on your windows. The lack of condensation may signal that you have cold spots in your home.
How to Manage Condensation
Even though condensation is natural, you should try to control it, especially if you have wooden window frames. Wood and moisture don’t work well together. In fact, with enough moisture over a period of time, you’ll notice that your wooden window frame may begin to warp. You may also notice that your paint around the window may begin to peel. Warped wood can undermine your window’s performance while the peeling paint is an eyesore. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to minimize condensation and prevent the problem.
· Wipe down your windows.
· Adjust your thermostat
· Install storm windows
· Turn off your humidifier
There are some advanced techniques you can use to control condensation; however, if you employ these simple tips, you’ll notice a significant reduction in the amount of condensation on your windows.
Getting New Replacement Windows
Although condensation doesn’t signal that you need new replacement windows, it’s still possible that you do need some. If you’ve had your windows for years and you notice that they are a little drafty, then you may want to consider investing in new windows. Advances in technology have reduced the cost of production of energy-efficient windows, allowing our team at Window World to pass that savings to you.
Additionally, energy-efficient windows help to make your home more comfortable. Your home will be “tighter,” allowing you to use your heating less frequently. During the summer months, you’ll notice that your air conditioning won’t come on as often too. A reduction in energy use translates to energy savings for you.
If you need new windows or you want to add storm windows to your home, we are here to help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.
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