Understanding Condensation on Your New Windows

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Often, homeowners hear that condensation on their windows is a red flag that means they should be replaced in the very near future. This is undoubtedly true when condensation is present on the inside panes of older windows; it typically indicates that heat is escaping right through the windows and that they are not adequately sealed.

It is not, however, usually cause for concern when condensation appears on the inside panes of newly installed windows; this generally indicates that the windows are doing precisely what they’re supposed to do! When the hotter, more humid air in your home connects with the colder window pane, condensation forms.
Although this is normal, it’s not fun to have to wipe your windows down all the time. Furthermore, condensation can drip onto the carpet and soft furnishings, ultimately causing mold issues. The following tips will help you deal with, or even eliminate, the condensation that is forming on your new windows.

  1. Turn your ventilation fans on – Try regularly running your kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans over the course of a typical day. These fans should pull moisture from the air, keeping nearby windows dryer.
  2. Invest in dehumidifiers – Even high-quality dehumidifiers are not excessively expensive and investing in a few can save you from dealing with wet windows. Placing dehumidifiers strategically around your house can make a world of difference in regard to window condensation.
  3. Keep your firewood outdoors – If you use freshly cut wood, make sure you store it in an outdoor area, rather than inside your house. While there’s nothing that makes a room feel cozy like a roaring fire, wood contains lots of water that ultimately releases into the air, making your home humid and moist.
  4. Open your windows – This tip is most useful during warmer months of the year, but even in the wintertime, you can crack open a window for a few minutes. Allowing outdoor air in restores the humidity balance in your house, helping to reduce window condensation.

If you have questions or concerns about the windows in your house, contact Hatch Homes to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to inspect your windows to determine if there’s an issue or if they are functioning as they should, and you need to take steps like the ones detailed above. Remember, we’re here to help keep your family comfortable.

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