The windows throughout your home are a portal to the outdoors, a way to allow light in when you take in the view of your garden, yard or scenery. The last thing you want to see is a sweaty window plastered in a film of condensation.

Not only are windows covered in condensation unsightly, they also can be a symptom of a more serious air-quality deficit inside your home. Fortunately, there’s several things you can try to resolve the problem.

What Produces Condensation along Windows

Condensation on the interior of windows is produced by the moist warm air in your home mixing with the cooler surface of the windows. It’s especially prevalent around the winter when it’s much chillier outside than it is in your home.

Inside Moisture vs. In Between Panes

When talking about condensation, it’s crucial to recognize the difference between moisture on the inside of your windows in comparison to moisture in between the windowpanes. One is an indoor air quality issue and the other is a window issue.

  • Moisture on the inside of a window is produced from the warm damp air inside your home collecting against the glass.
  • Any moisture you see between windowpanes is caused when the window seal stops working and moisture seeps between the two panes of glass, and by then the window needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • Condensation in the windows isn’t a window situation and can instead be fixed by changing the humidity in your home. Numerous things produce humidity in a home, such as showers, cooking, taking a bath or even breathing.

Why Indoor Sweating on Windows Can Be an Issue

Even though you might presume condensation on the inside of your windows is a cosmetic problem, it could also be indicating your home has excess humidity. If this is in fact the case, water may also be accumulating on window frames, cold walls or other surfaces. Even a thin film of water can help wood surfaces to mildew or rot over time, promoting the growth of mildew or mold.

How to Lower Humidity in Your Home

Fortunately there are various options for extracting moisture from the air throughout your home.

If you have a humidifier operating in your home – whether it be a smaller unit or a whole-house humidifier – lower it further so the humidity inside your home comes down.

If you don’t have a humidifier going and your home’s humidity level is excessive, think about getting a dehumidifier. While humidifiers adds moisture inside your home so the air doesn’t become too dry, a dehumidifier extracts excess moisture out of the air.

Small, portable dehumidifiers can remove the water from one room. However, those units require emptying out water trays and generally service a somewhat limited area. A whole-house dehumidifier will extract moisture throughout your entire home.

Whole-house dehumidifier systems are regulated by a humidistat, which allows you to establish a humidity level the same like you would select a temperature via your thermostat. The unit will run immediately when the humidity level surpasses the set level. These systems collaborate with your home’s HVAC system, so you should contact qualified professionals for whole-house dehumidifier installation Ames.

Other Ways to Decrease Condensation on Windows

  • Exhaust fans. Adding exhaust fans near humidity hotspots including the bathroom, laundry room or above the stove can help by drawing the warm, moist air from these areas out of your home before it can raise the humidity level throughout your home.
  • Ceiling fans. Turning on ceiling fans can also keep air moving within the home so humid air doesn’t get caught up in one area.
  • Opening up window treatments. Opening the blinds or drapes can reduce condensation by preventing the damp air from being stuck against the windowpane.

By decreasing humidity across your home and circulating air throughout your home, you can take advantage of clear, moisture-free windows even in the middle of the winter.