Window Condensation

What Is Window Condensation?

Window condensation is a simple phenomenon that occurs under the right conditions of humidity and temperature.

When an object is cooler than the air around it, the water molecules in the air come together and “stick” to the surface, forming a thin layer of water droplets. It happens on your glass of cold lemonade during hot weather and on the windows of your car and even the windows of your home during colder weather.

In most instances, you can see condensation inside closed environments on days when the outside air is cold. Condensation will often occur during fall and winter months when steam is released into the air. 

Windows are among the most prevalent spots within a house for condensation because window panes are generally the coldest surface within an interior space. Due to its direct contact with the outside coldness on a fall or winter day, the inside surfaces of glass panes are often as cold as the air outside. Glass panes are the most noticeable place where condensation occurs, but you can also find moisture on window frames and fixtures.

The Good: When it’s on the Outside of Windows

For anyone who purchases a new set of windows, the appearance of outside condensation can be surprising. However, external condensation is a good thing.

Outside condensation results from unusual conditions when the air outside is slightly humid and warmer than the temperature of your window glass. This can occur when the weather is neither warm nor cold.

Outside condensation means your windows are not allowing any heat transfer. So if you have some fog on the outside of your windows, you can relax. Your windows are just doing a good job of insulating your home.

Keep in mind that it’s still a good idea to check your sills and frames. If you have gaps between the window and frame, you may find patches of condensation collecting inside your home, which could indicate moisture inside your walls. It’s important to check for drafts around your windows to protect your walls from water damage.

If condensation forms on the inside of your windows, pay close attention. While interior condensation is usually the result of steam from your shower or stove pots, it can indicate above-average humidity levels in your home. You may have a ventilation problem.

Excess moisture and collecting water around the house can be very damaging to your home and to your family’s health.

If your home is not being properly ventilated, moisture from your body, your water system, and even cooking can collect in the air over time. If the water vapor has nowhere else to go, it condenses on windows, as well as on furniture, in carpets, and inside walls.

This creates two huge problems.

First, the moisture makes a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Many people are unaware they have mold and mildew allergies until they experience an allergic reaction. Because the symptoms are almost identical to asthma and hay fever, most who suffer are misdiagnosed. It is likely at least one of your family members is allergic, which means year-round reactions until the allergen is gone.

Second, since the moisture can’t escape, it can cause deterioration of the home. Wood that absorbs water tends to soften, develop mold or even rot. When water dries on a metal surface, rust is likely to form. The effects of condensation can gradually compromise the structural integrity of your home and open gaps in the process, which could ultimately weaken the insulation of your interior quarters. Over time, this can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Don’t play around; You need a professional to tell you if your condensation is a problem or not. 

Let the professionals at Aluma Trim look at your window panes and take away any pain they may cause. Our free estimate will put you in the drivers seat to getting the best value window installation in the market. Contact us today. 

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