Condensation on windows can appear for many reasons, it can sometimes lead you to think there is an issue or fault with your windows. This is not always the case and there are some things you can do in your daily routines that can help.
Moisture and condensation can appear on glass and windows because of the different temperature of the air inside your home and outside. Windows that have been installed correctly and those made from triple or double glazing are less likely to collect moisture. Because these units are made to measure and retain more heat, the temperature difference is less when compared to single pane glazing.
There are a number of things that can cause condensation to appear on the inside of your windows. What can you do to prevent condensation on your windows? Here we give you some tips that can help.
Use extraction fans
Cooker hoods and bathrooms include extraction systems for a reason, to remove excess moisture from the air. Running a bath or having a shower can create a large amount of moisture in your home. That water can make its way onto your windows, mirrors and other glass. Moisture build-up in these areas can lead to mould and other problems. If you have an extractor fan in your bathroom make sure you use it each time you have a shower or bath. For bathrooms that don’t have extraction fans you can open the window while filling the bath or using the shower to allow the majority of the steam to escape.
Similarly with cooking, use the fan on your extractor hood when using hob or oven. When boiling water in a pan or preparing dishes that will simmer or boil, keep lids on the saucepans. Using saucepan lids will keep the heat and moisture within the pan.
Dry clothes outside
Wet clothes can add extra moisture to your home so, whenever possible, hang washing outside to dry. British weather may not always allow you to use an outdoor washing line. When drying clothes inside on an airer, open a window. If using a tumble dryer, make sure the vent tube goes all the way outside.
Ventilate your home
A lack of air circulation is a common cause of condensation and mould in the home. A quick 10-minute airing of your house will be a big help. Open all of your windows for 10 minutes or if you have new double glazed windows, open the ventilation system on them.
Maintain a consistent temperature throughout the house
You may be tempted to turn off or lower the temperature in certain rooms during the winter. This can create an inconsistent temperature around your house. These cold spots will become magnets for moisture. Aim for a level and consistent temperature throughout your home.
Important areas of your home will need constant maintenance. Gutters and drainpipes should be clear to allow them to take away moisture. Damaged areas within a roof will create an easy route for water to make its way into your house, keep an eye out for water leaks and fix them as soon as possible.
Condensation in the home can be effectively managed with proper ventilation and using good practices for heating and maintaining your home. If you notice condensation on the inside of your windows, it does not necessarily mean there is an issue. Updating single pane glazing to a more efficient system will help moisture issues in your home.
If you think there is an issue with your current windows or you want to update the windows in your home, Norman & Underwood Glazing can help.