Why Are My Windows Condensated?

Window condensation, hand wiping away moisture

Condensation on your windows is often a regular occurrence. For the most part, it is merely science, as the cold air outside meets the humid air inside. However, some condensation issues should be addressed. Minor condensation can be typical, but you may also experience seal failure and experience severe condensation between your windowpanes. Knowing why you have condensated windows and whether it can be harmful is an essential step in understanding if it is necessary to solve the potential problem.

Is it Condensation or Seal Failure?

A standard amount of condensation is not the result of a damaged or failed window. Instead, it stems from the amount of moisture within the interior of your home. If you see condensation on the outside of the window, your window is working properly as well. When condensation builds up between the panes of the window, a seal failure is the most probable cause. This is a problem that you will need to address.

The issue with a seal failure is that it is no longer insulating your home correctly. Air makes its way in from the outside and your home’s warm air can escape to the exterior. It can even cause an increase in your utility bills, which is especially noticeable if seals have failed on multiple windows. When condensation builds up between the panes of your window, there is no quick fix. Unfortunately, a seal failure resulting in condensation means that a new window is necessary.

Why is there Condensation?

If the condensation on the interior of your windows is not a result of a seal failure, it is simply an indication of excess moisture in the building. As previously mentioned, condensation occurs when the cool air outside meets the humid and warm air on the other side of the windowpane.

The causes of humidity in a home are often the result of simply living: cooking, cleaning, bathing, or running the a/c or heat can all introduce moisture into the air. Even the construction of the home and its materials can play a part in the interior humidity levels. All of these factors play a role in how much condensation builds up on your windows.

Is Condensation Harmful?

In small amounts, condensation does not cause harm. However, if your windows have continuous condensation or excessive amounts, there is a potential for damage. If condensation continually drips down the window to reach the sill, water damage can occur. It can also damage the paint, drywall, insulation, and nearby furniture. Taking care of condensation before it comes to this point is ideal.

Is it Possible to Minimize Window Condensation?

There are ways to reduce the humidity in your home, thus reducing condensation. For example, in colder months, your ceiling fans should turn clockwise to circulate the warm air better. Ventilating fans should be used for cooking, bathing, and doing dishes. Let some warm air out periodically to allow some of the humidity to escape. Utilize a dehumidifier regularly. Hang materials that are designed to pull moisture from the air throughout your home. You might even consider replacing your current windows with newer, more efficient, double-paned versions. The regular implementation of these actions can help you to reduce humidity in the interior and condensation on the windows.

Contact Us Today

If you’re ready to replace the windows in your home this winter, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!