The windows in your home are a portal to the outdoors, a way to draw light in as you take in the view of your garden, yard or other surroundings. The last thing you would want to see is a sweaty window plastered in a film of condensation.

Not only are windows coated in condensation unappealing, they also can be evidence of a larger air-quality problem in your home. Thankfully, there’s multiple things you can attempt to address the problem.

What Causes Condensation in Windows

Condensation on the interior of windows is formed by the damp warm air throughout your home reaching the cold surface of your windows. It’s particularly commonplace during the winter when it’s much colder outside than it is within your home.

Inside Moisture vs. In Between Panes

When discussing condensation, it’s important to know the difference between moisture on the inside of your windows compared to moisture in between the windowpanes. One is an indoor air quality issue and the other is a window issue.

  • Moisture within a window is created from the warm damp air throughout your home condensing against the glass.
  • Any moisture you see between windowpanes is produced when the window seal stops working and moisture slips between the two panes of glass, in which case the window needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • Condensation on the inside of the windows isn’t a window situation and can instead be solved by adjusting the humidity in your home. Many things generate humidity inside a home, such as showers, cooking, taking a bath or even breathing.

Why Condensation on Windows Can Be an Issue

Though you might think condensation inside your windows is a cosmetic issue, it could also be evidence your home has high humidity. If this is the case, water may also be collecting on window frames, cold walls or other surfaces. Even a thin film of water can help wood surfaces to mildew or rot over time, increasing the growth of mildew or mold.

How to Lower Humidity Throughout Your Home

Thankfully there are several options for eliminating moisture from the air in your home.

If you have a humidifier active in your home – whether it be a small unit or a whole-house humidifier – lower it further so the humidity inside your home decreases.

If you don’t have a humidifier going and your home’s humidity level is excessive, look into getting a dehumidifier. While humidifiers adds moisture in your home so the air doesn’t dry out, a dehumidifier draws excess moisture out of the air.

Compact, portable dehumidifiers can eliminate the water from a single room. However, those units require emptying out water trays and usually service a somewhat limited area. A whole-house dehumidifier will extract moisture from your entire home.

Whole-house dehumidifier systems are controlled by a humidistat, which permits you to specify a humidity level precisely like you would pick a temperature with your thermostat. The unit will begin running automatically when the humidity level exceeds the set level. These systems coordinate with your home’s HVAC system, so you will want to contact experienced professionals for whole-house dehumidifier installation Tomball.

Other Ways to Eliminate Condensation on Windows

  • Exhaust fans. Adding exhaust fans near humidity hotspots like the bathroom, laundry room or above the kitchen range can help by extracting the warm, humid air from these spaces out of your home before it can elevate the humidity level throughout your home.
  • Ceiling fans. Spinning ceiling fans can also keep air swirling inside the home so humid air doesn’t get trapped in one spot.
  • Opening up window treatments. Pulling open the blinds or drapes can reduce condensation by preventing the damp air from being trapped against the windowpane.

By decreasing humidity in your home and moving air throughout your home, you can make the most of clear, moisture-free windows even in the middle of the winter.