Get Rid Of Window Condensation
As the Huntington Beach area’s leading seller and installer of replacement windows, we have helped thousands of customers get rid of annoying condensation!
Whether you have old windows with single glazing, or double-glazed windows that have seen better days, you may be experiencing unwanted condensation. Fortunately, we can replace them with windows that are weatherproof, attractive, and, above all, energy efficient.
In the meantime, we explain what causes condensation.
What causes internal window condensation?
When you see condensation inside of a window or door, you’re witnessing the result of water vapor getting trapped inside. This can be the result of anything from cooking, showering, or even just breathing near the window (breathing alone can generate up to two liters of vapor every day!)
A three person household on average generates 180 liters daily, that’s more than a bathtub full of water! As a result, it is crucial that your home has sufficient ventilation.
Two sleeping adults create about a liter of moisture in an 8 hour period, which is then absorbed into the atmosphere. The same occurs when cooking – steam clouds from kettles and sauce pans are similarly absorbed into the atmosphere. Washing dishes and doing laundry can also result in a significant amount of water vapor.
Some internal condensation can be remedied by improving airflow in a room. One of the easiest ways to take care of this is by opening a window and letting the room air out for a period of about 15 minutes. This will significantly reduce the build-up of moisture, and should be enough to clear up the air in the average-sized room.
Unfortunately, this is not a long term solution – as your room can become too hot or too cold from letting the outside temperature in. And, obviously, constantly opening and closing doors is not an energy efficient solution.
What causes external window condensation?
Most common during the autumn, spring, and during periods of climate change, some windows experience external condensation more than others. Factors that play into window condensation include the direction the windows face, the location of the window, and whether or not the window is shaded by nearby buildings or trees.
When the sun warms up the outside of your windows, it will cause an evaporation of moisture. External condensation occurs on the outside surface of glass when the temperature of the window is lower than the outside dew point temperature.
The Solution to Window Condensation
Replacement windows with double or triple glazed, energy efficient, low-emissivity glass, offers enhanced thermal insulation properties. This is a result of a high performance transparent coating, which reflects heat from their sources back into the room from which they came.
This means the outer panes of glass will not be warmed up by escaping heat making its way through the glass, providing you with a cooler window and less condensation!