Do you often notice that your windows become foggy when it’s cold or raining outside? Well, the reason behind that window fog is condensation. And aside from being a source of annoyance, condensation can also wreak havoc on your window’s performance.
What is Window Condensation?
Condensation happens whenever moist air comes in contact with dry air. The difference in temperature causes condensation to occur. Condensation can occur anywhere, like car windows, where it is generally nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with window condensation.
If a window is in good condition, condensation generally won’t be a problem because moisture typically only forms on the outer surfaces of window glass. The bigger issue is when condensation manifests between the panes.
When Does Condensation Become a Problem?
If condensation forms between the panes of a double-glazed window, you should be concerned because it means the window’s seals have been broken. With its seals broken, a window is no longer insulating as it should, so it’s contributing to the drop in your home’s energy efficiency.
Another way for condensation to be problematic is if there’s just too much of it. Condensation is moisture and moisture can be damaging, especially if you have a window with a frame that is susceptible to rotting.
And while it’s mostly evident on your windows, condensation means that your home also has too much moisture in it. Aside from promoting deterioration in various interior components, the presence of too much moisture gives way to mold and mildew growth, that can cause respiratory problems.
Addressing Window Condensation
If you’re seeing window condensation often, get in touch with a window expert quick. Having a professional check on your windows will help you determine what you’re dealing with so you can get started right away on taking action to remedy it.
Your window needs help but how do you decide between a repair or a replacement? Head on over to Part 3 of this blog series to find out.