With strong summer storms rolling through the central PA area, large temperature swings can follow. Once the outdoor temperature drops and the indoor temperature in your home stays high, you may start to notice moisture on your windows.
Fortunately, this doesn’t always mean something is wrong. When it comes to window condensation, you’ll want to look at several different variables that could be contributing to your condensation issue. Sometimes condensation can even be a good sign, proving that your windows are performing very effectively.
Use the helpful guide below to determine whether your window condensation indicates a problem.
Potential causes and fixes for window moisture
- High home humidity
- How to fix: Use a hygrometer to test your home’s indoor humidity. Depending on what time of year it is here in Pennsylvania, you’ll want to aim for no more than 35-50% Use dehumidifiers or humidifiers to adjust.
- New construction
- How to fix: Give it time. New building materials used for remodels, additions, and new homes can hold moisture. After the first winter heating cycle, this moisture may end up on your windows as it dries out.
- New windows replacing old windows
- How to fix: No fix, just enjoy! Often when old windows are replaced, homeowners notice more condensation on their new windows. This is common, and actually proves that the windows are performing more efficiently and doing their job. With older windows, the seals or weatherstripping can be failing, allowing more airflow in and out of the home. New windows eliminate this unwanted air circulation, but that can lead to more humid conditions in your home.
- Poor air circulation in the home
- How to fix: One of the best ways to minimize window condensation is to keep the air circulating in your home. Use fans, or in areas that are more susceptible to repeated moisture like your bathroom or kitchen, use exhaust fans that are properly vented to the outside.
- Window treatments trapping warm air against your windows
- How to fix: Open up your curtains or blinds during the day to avoid trapping moisture between them and your windows.
The good news is, all of these possible causes of condensation are minor concerns that you can easily correct. So when should you start to be concerned? Big problems usually don’t go unnoticed when it comes to moisture. For example, if you notice water seeping through your home’s foundation, this is likely the cause of your moisture problem. You’ll want to make sure water is being properly directed away from your home’s exterior. Don’t hesitate to call in building professionals as backup. They have a lot of experience managing water and the problems it can cause around a home.