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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Understanding Condensation in Your Home


What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable.

 “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or leaking either inside or outside the home because they see moisture on the glass,” says Gary Pember of Simonton Windows. “In reality, that’s simply not the case. While condensation may collect on the interior or exterior of energy-efficient windows, the units are really doing their job by helping serve as a barrier in the home.”

Pember points out that windows do not cause condensation --- they simply prevent the moisture in the home from escaping to the outside. “If the inside glass surface on double- or triple-glazed windows show excessive moisture, you can be reasonably sure that the moisture is also collecting on your walls and ceilings,” says Pember. “This means you should take steps to reduce the humidity level in your home by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers.”

For tips on understanding condensation in your home, click HERE.

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