Question: What is window condensation?
Under certain conditions, window condensation can occur both inside and outside your home, but your windows are not the cause of the condensation. Condensation, or “sweating” on windows, is caused by humidity (or water vapor), which is present in virtually all air. When the water vapor comes in contact with a surface the vapor condenses. This often happens to bathroom mirrors and walls after someone has taken a hot shower. Condensation can also occur on windows during the winter if the humidity inside your home is too high.
Question: How can I reduce condensation on my windows?
Answer: Here are a few things you can do to help control moisture levels in your home
- Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
- Make sure your attic, basement, and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions.
- Don’t store firewood inside. Freshly cut wood can consist of up to 45% water, while well-seasoned firewood can have a 20-25% moisture content, and all of that moisture can be released in your home.
- Open a window in the bathroom after you shower.
- Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around windows.