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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Condensation in Your Home


Cooler weather setting in means your home will be closed up more than during the breezy days of summer. Once the windows are closed, some homeowners find condensation build-up either between the glass or on the interior of their windows.

Don't panic. Condensation in the home is a normal occurrence.

What can cause condensation inside your house? Experts at Simonton Windows report that anything from the steam that escapes when you open up a dishwasher after a completed cycle to boiling water on the stove causes condensation. Moisture from a hot shower or a steaming kettle, or even when you're washing the dishes moves throughout your home and can sometimes "steam up" your mirrors, windows and other surfaces.

You’d be surprised how much water vapor homeowners create themselves on a daily basis. A family of four can add a half pint of water vapor every hour to the home just through normal breathing and perspiration. And, if you take a five-minute shower, you produce another half pint of water vapor. Even the simple act of cooking dinner on a gas stove can produce two and a half pints of water vapor.           

What Can a Homeowner Do to Help Reduce Condensation?

Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips:                       

  • Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
  • If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature.
  • If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier.
  • Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves.
  • Open a window in the bathroom.
  • Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions.
  • Store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood can consist of water that that adds water vapor and moisture to the home.  
  • Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.

 For tips on understanding condensation in your home, visit Simonton Windows Homeowner Booklet Explains Condensation in the Home.

 

 

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