Condensation on windows is not only frustrating, but it can also be extremely damaging to your property. While many of us may turn a blind eye to condensation, it can be a sign that your windows are no longer functioning how they should, and could, in fact, be costing you more on your energy bills. The reason for this is because condensation is the first sign that your windows can no longer retain heat and keep the cold outside, which can create an uncomfortable home in the winter months. This makes it important to identify not only the causes of condensation but also the solutions to prevent it in order to save you money. To lend a helping hand, we have come up with a comprehensive guide on how to combat condensation on windows.
A Guide On How To Combat Condensation On Windows
Condensation can be found on your windows during the colder and warmer months as temperatures fluctuate; this is because the most common cause is changing temperatures on the window. The water droplets that form on the windows can then cause damage to the window frames not only escalating issues such as cracking but also reducing the longevity of the lifespan of the window. To find a solution to condensation, you must first identify what is causing the issue to arise and its severity. Here we will answer the following questions along with advice on how you can resolve the issue before the winter sets in:
Condensation occurs when warm air, usually inside the house, hits a cold surface, usually your windows. It can also occur when there is too much humidity in the air, hence why it can appear in both the winter and summer months. However, it is most common in the winter months as you turn on the central heating system, which then increases the temperature in your home while your windows remain cold from the outside temperature. This is where single glazing will cause issues, as the surface will remain cold as the hot air hits the glass. Whereas, double or triple glazing means that the inside pane stays at room temperature while the outside pane takes the hit from the cold. This will, therefore, reduce the likelihood of condensation.
Because condensation is usually as a result of the glazing on your windows, it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your windows to double glazing. Not only does double glazing reduce the risks of condensation, but it can also help to insulate your home, reducing your energy bills and keeping you warm in the colder months and cool in the summer. There are plenty of other benefits of double glazing, such as improving security and increasing your properties value. Additionally, the age of your windows may also be affecting their ability to insulation your home. In fact, according to Forbes, windows will only last around 20 years, meaning that if your windows have exceeded this age, then you could find condensation, or other damage occurring.
Now that you know how condensation is caused, it’s time to discuss the damage that it can create to your windows. It is important to note that this damage can impact your windows significantly, reducing their life span and their effectiveness. The most noticeable and worrying damage that it can cause is to the framework of your window, as it can cause warping and cracking of the frames. This can be the case for all window materials, whether you have the advanced and durable uPVC or timber frames. As the water droplets fall onto the frames, they not only run the risk of warping, but they can also start to form mould. Mould is not only unappealing, but it can cause health risks for your family. You can temporarily prevent this issue by washing your windows, but this can be extremely time-consuming.
The issue with warping windows is that it can cause the windows to allow cold air to enter the home and warmth to escape. It can also cause paint for timber frames to flake off or the colour in uPVC to fade, meaning that not only will you face thermal issues, but aesthetic ones as well. Luckily, there are a host of ways in which you are able to prevent your windows from causing extreme damage, with solutions from both sides of the budget scale.
Whether you are looking for a long term solution or quick fix, there are many ways you can prevent condensation from occurring on your windows, or at least stop it from damaging your home. As leading and experienced installers of double glazing in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, our advice will always be to think about how your solution will provide a long term solution, as it can save hassle, time and money! So, let’s take a look at the many ways you can combat condensation on your windows:
Although it may seem like a costly investment to begin with, by far one of the best solutions to condensation is a full replacement of your windows. Seeing as the biggest culprit of condensation is single glazing and old frames, replacing your windows will instantly help to reduce condensation. We would highly recommend installing double glazing, as this will minimise condensation while also insulating your home. The reason for this is because the inside pane remains at room temperature and the argon gas stops the cold air from travelling into the home.
Not only can you benefit from a warmer home, but you can also reap the many benefits that also come with the new designs and materials available. There are an abundance of materials to choose from, including the popular uPVC. uPVC is a durable, long lasting and aesthetically pleasing material that can be shaped into many designs and incorporate multiple colours to suit your preferences. This means that you can easily colour match products to your existing windows or choose a different colour for the inside of your home to the outside. Not only this, but it also eliminates the need to paint your windows and reduces maintenance.
When it comes to the design of your windows, you have a host of options to choose from; this makes it easy to find a solution that suits your preferences and your property. Whether you have a period home you would like to modernise or a new build you want to personalise, here are some of the windows styles you can choose from:
- Tilt & Turn – dual functioning with a tilting function for ventilation and turning function to fully open the window.
- Slide Sash Windows – vintage feel with a sliding window down or up with a square hatch feature to add character.
- Georgian Windows – perfect for bay windows the Georgian window style adds personality with square hatches, maximising on natural light.
- Casement Windows – the most popular design that allows you to fully open the window to maximise on ventilation and fresh air.
- Lead Windows – come in plain or with a stainless glass effect for a traditional or modern appearance.
Windows can be a big investment on your home, and finding the perfect products that look good and provide you with high quality and durability is important. For this reason, when installing windows with Crown Windows, you can choose from all the styles above incorporating double glazing in Buckingham and the surrounding areas. You can also take full advantage of our 3D visualisation tools that allow you to bring your vision to life to make adjustments before purchasing your chosen products.
Purchase a Moisture Eliminator or Dehumidifier
In some cases, there may be excess moisture only in one room, making replacement of windows unnecessary. If this is the case, then the easiest and most cost-effective solution is to purchase a moisture eliminator or dehumidifier. These products help to absorb moisture which can then reduce the condensation within the room. You can find a host of dehumidifiers online or in stores such as Wilko, some of which are portable.
Install Bathroom & Kitchen Fans
The bathroom and kitchen are the two areas in the house that are most likely to experience condensation on the windows. The reason for this is because you produce heat from cooking and having a hot shower which then hits the cold window surface and causes condensation. If you find that these rooms are experiencing excessive condensation, then we would advise that you open the windows when using the room. However, this can prove a little cold in the winter months, meaning that you need to find another solution. Installing fans can help to reduce moisture in the air caused by cooking and bathing, therefore, reducing condensation and damage to your windows. If you currently do not have a fan in these rooms, then you can find an easy guide on how to install them on B&Q.
Wipe Down Windows
If you are currently saving to have your windows replaced, then you can reduce mould growth on your windows caused by condensation by simply wiping down the window when you wake up. This will help to remove the water droplets that are likely to fall down onto the frame. If you find that your windows become dirty or mouldy, then you can follow the handy step by step guide on how to thoroughly clean your windows over on Bob Vila.
Avoid Drying Clothes Inside
After washing your clothing there will be a lot of excess moisture on the materials, if you are then to then hang these in your home with the central heating on, then you are likely to find that the windows begin to mist up. The reason for this is because the moisture in the clothing will rise the air and then settle on the window panes. To avoid this from damaging your windows, move your washing outside, or into the garage if it’s raining; this way, you can stop the moisture from causing damage to your windows.
Reduce Condensation & Protect Your Windows!
Reducing condensation on your windows can help to keep them in good condition, and allow you to fully benefit from the insulation properties and aesthetic qualities they have to offer. If you find that your windows, or even conservatory, are misting up too frequently, and it is beginning to cause damage to your frames, then it may be time to consider changing them altogether. There are a host of products that you can choose from, including conservatory roof replacement, which can help you to enjoy your home, and conservatory through the year no matter the temperature outside. If you are interested in replacing your windows or conservatories in Aylesbury, then please feel free to contact the team for more information!