A common question we get from homeowners is about window condensation. While temporary condensation is normal, healthy even. There are some types of condensation to worry about that might indicate you need San Diego, CA replacement windows. Here is everything you need to know about condensation, when to worry, and what you might be able to do about it.
Causes of Temporary Window Condensation
There are several things that can cause window condensation including:
- High humidity from cooking or dishwashing
- Running the clothes washer or dryer
- Hot showers or baths
- The sudden drop in temperature outside
- The start of the heating season in the winter
- Fish tank or potted plants close to a window
The Formation of Condensation
You have probably noticed the mirror in the bathroom fog up after a steamy shower. Or seen a window in the kitchen cloud after cooking on the stove. Or noticed water condense on the outside of a cold drink on a hot day. The basics of these phenomena are the same. Warm air carries more moisture. But when the warm air comes in contact with a cold surface it cools and must release the moisture, causing condensation. This is why condensation is common, and not usually a major concern when it happens once in a while on your windows. It often dissipates on its own, no harm done.
When is Condensation on My Windows a Concern?
If you have a window in your home that is constantly fogging over this can be something to worry about. You don’t want water always dripping down the glass, into the frame, and seeping into the walls. It can cause rot, mold, and structural damage if enough moisture gets into the walls. You can increase ventilation and run exhaust fans in your home to limit humidity. Or you could invest in a dehumidifier to try and maintain proper humidity in your home.
There is another type of window condensation you should worry about—fogging between the panes of glass. Have you ever gone to wipe away a smudge on a window only to discover you can’t? This means the seal on your insulated glass unit (IGU) is broken, the special gas has leaked out and been replaced with normal air that also contains moisture. So in addition to the condensation between the panes, you might also notice drafts or an increase in your energy bills. Unfortunately, the only way to really correct this problem is with energy efficient replacement windows.
If you have windows causing you concern, call us at (760) 598-6422. We can offer a free, in-home evaluation and consultation about window replacement in San Diego, CA with no pressure to buy. The products we offer are unmatched in quality and energy efficiency. They will not only solve your condensation problems but provide several other benefits as well. So let the experts at Pelican Replacement Windows help you out. Stop by 2210 La Mirada Dr., Vista, CA 92081 to check out some of our products today.