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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Understanding Condensation in Your Home


Winter weather means your home is closed up more than during the breezy days of summer. Once the windows are closed, some homeowners occasionally find condensation build-up on the interior or exterior of their windows.

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, steaming kettle or even washing the dishes moves throughout your home and can "steam up" your mirrors, windows, walls and other surfaces.

You’d be surprised how much water vapor homeowners create 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. 
  • In addition to an exhaust fan, open a window in the bathroom to increase ventilation. 
  •  Make sure your attic and basement or crawl space is well ventilated and free from obstructions. 
  • Always store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood holds moisture that can be released into your home. 
  •  Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.

For tips on controlling condensation from Simonton Windows, download the free guide to Understanding Condensation in the Home by clicking HERE.

Click Where Does Condensation Come From? for additional useful window information.

 

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