How to Eliminate Window Condensation
Interior window condensation is very common, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it
In the winter, when the warm air inside your home hits your cold windows, you may come face to face with Window Condensation, especially if you have older windows. This condensation can be annoying. It’s an eyesore that can severely obstruct your once-beautiful view. But more than that, window condensation can damage your home. Condensation can rot wood molding, damage plaster, and lead to mold growth. Yuck! Fortunately, there are some pretty simple (and most importantly, cost-effective) ways to deal with interior condensation.
Interior window condensation is very common, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it. As we have already mentioned, condensation can be rather damaging, so it is important to do everything in your power to minimize or eliminate window condensation.
One way to rid yourself of interior window condensation is to replace your old, outdated windows with new, energy efficient windows. Unfortunately, not every homeowner has the budget to replace ever window in their house. According to Homewyse, the average replacement window installed by a licensed, bonded and insured contractor will cost between $348 and $469 per window.
Turn Down the Humidifier
If you have a humidifier in any part of your home, it could be the cause of your window condensation. Humidifiers release moisture into the air, which could be the cause of your problem. So turn down your humidifier and see if that helps.
If you do not have a humidifier and you suspect the problem is moisture related, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.
Add Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is designed to eliminate drafts (making your home more energy efficient), which can also help reduce condensation. Similarly, many people use window insulation kits to improve the insulation of their inefficient windows.
New Window Treatments
Raising the temperature of the windows will help reduce the condensation on them. And window treatments can help. All window treatments have energy saving properties, but some are inherently more efficient than others. For example, Honeycomb Shades can raise the R- Value of a window – a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it – by several points. A typical window has an R-value of 0.9 to 3.0.