You may think I'm all wet, but I've decided to talk about condensation, only because I receive a lot of questions about foggy windows in the winter.
Apparently, I'm not the only one.
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," Burk said.
Windows don't cause condensation. They just 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," Burk said. "This means you should take steps to reduce the humidity level in your home by using exhaust fans and dehumidifiers."
A lot of the water vapor is created by the inhabitants.
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.
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 up to 45 percent water, which adds water vapor to the home. Even well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20 percent to 25 percent moisture content.
Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.
Homeowners with the most cause for concern are those with older, less efficient windows.
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