Condensation is actually a sign that your windows are doing their job and holding heat inside of your home. High-performance windows make the most of the sun’s heating rays during cold months and maintain a remarkable temperature difference between the indoor and outdoor panes of glass.
Condensation on inside of Windows
Interior window condensation is caused by excessive moisture in the house, and it often occurs in the winter when the warm air inside the house condenses on the cold windows. Condensation between window panes occurs when the seal between the panes is broken or when the desiccant inside the windows is saturated.
Condensation on windows is caused by the steam inside, but do you know why it occurs and how you can avoid it ?: Here we explain it to you
Sometimes when we look at our windows we see how they are impregnated with water. This is what is known as condensation on windows and is produced by the steam inside. Next, we will explain its cause and its possible solutions.
As we say, this condensation on the windows comes from the steam in the indoor air and is generated when performing such normal actions as breathing, showering, cooking, watering plants, ironing, drying clothes, etc.
Before continuing, it must be clarified that no material generates water by itself but there are some that, as they are not absorbent, accumulate water on their surface. No material with which windows are manufactured can eliminate water from the interior environment per se, neither metal nor plastic because they are not porous. Wood, however, can absorb moisture, but it will swell, loosen, and spoil.
To avoid condensation on the windows, it is necessary to be clear about the origin of the water and its causality. When this water vapor comes into contact with a cooler non-absorbent surface, it condenses on it (droplets appear), for example on the mirror and bathroom tiles after a shower.
An easy method to follow is to write down the indoor humidity and indoor and outdoor temperatures in a notebook (there are clocks or simple weather stations that can measure it) and see how they vary throughout the day.
The most normal thing is that condensation on the windows appears first thing in the morning, which is when it is colder on the street, the house as a general rule has been without heating for more hours and it is colder and more has accumulated in the rooms humidity (breaths when sleeping with the house fully occupied, bathrooms, kitchen, etc.). If we see that the humidity is high (over 55%) we must try to reduce it to see if this will solve the problem.
Other possible causes of the appearance of humidity inside the house can be defects in the placement of the elements of the facade (windows, walls, etc.), entry of humidity from outside due to leaks, broken pipes, etc.
Another very important aspect to avoid condensation on the windows is to reduce the relative humidity inside our home, leaving it around 50%. In addition to placing windows with Thermal Bridge Breakage with double or triple glasses and observing, (essential), a correct installation on site.
A simple way to reduce humidity is to ventilate, doing it for 10 minutes a day is enough, and there is practically no loss of interior temperature. Although it is raining, generally the outside air is less hot than the inside and when entering the house it will heat up, reducing its percentage of relative humidity, so we will be “drying” the indoor air.
The replacement of old windows with new ones, these are usually more watertight than the previous ones and, without realizing it, we are eliminating the ventilation that was produced without us being aware of it (or yes, when we saw the curtains move on windy days ). Therefore, with new windows it is even more important to ventilate properly.
And remember that possibly once in your life your windows are changed, we, at RockedBuzz, will help you, giving you the confidence and security you deserve. Trust us for this and for everything related to glass and aluminum for enclosures.