Window condensation is a common household problem. It occurs when there’s a difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures and can happen in any season. However, the effects of condensation on your windows can vary from season to season
Learn more about the difference between condensation in the winter and the summer season from the windows and doors expert, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia.
The Key Differences
Summer condensation forms on the outside of the window while winter condensation forms on the inside. Summer condensation is normally harmless and presents only as a visual hindrance without risks of damaging your windows, or your health for that matter. Winter condensation, on the other hand, can cause severe damage if left untreated. The moisture that accumulates inside can hasten mold growth, which can spread around your home and cause health problems.
Moisture in the air condenses on cold surfaces where there is a significant difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures and when the warm humidity of the outside is high. It usually starts in the edges of your windows where conduction is at its highest.
Condensation occurs in both hot and cold climates. In places with high humidity and hot temperatures, homeowners tend to use their air conditioner to cool themselves, which leads to condensation. Don’t worry if condensation forms in the summer, as your window installation contractor would tell you that it’s a sign that your windows are functioning properly.
How to Minimize Condensation?
Be sure to switch your air humidifier during the winter season to reduce condensation buildup. Also, limit the number of plants inside and place them in a room with lots of daylight. You can also open your blinds or drapes and switch on your ceiling fan to improve air circulation.
You can also opt to switch to a double-pane window if you’re currently using a single-pane window as they are prone to condensation even under normal conditions. Other options include getting replacement windows with an argon or krypton gas fill, which provides better insulation while reducing convection between the panels.
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