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Should I Worry about Condensation on My Windows?

Condensation on your windows in Mesa, AZ probably isn’t a common occurrence. But even in a desert climate it can still happen. It isn’t necessarily something to worry about. It can happen for a number of reasons, and not all point to the need for replacement windows. So here is everything you need to know about condensation, when it is a problem, and what you can do about it.

What Causes Condensation?

There are several factors, but it usually comes down to the amount of moisture in the air and the temperature. Think about how the bathroom mirror fogs up while you take a shower. This happens because the warm, water-filled air comes in contact with the cold surface. Warm air can hold more water than cool air. So when it touches the mirror and rapidly cools the moisture condenses and gets left behind, usually in the form of fog or droplets. The same thing happens with a cold can of soda when you take it outside on a hot day. And the same thing can happen to your windows in Mesa, AZ.

Infrequent Condensation on the Inside and Outside of your Windows

The exterior surfaces of your window are the most prone to collecting condensation, especially in places like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Again, it is just the moisture in the air and a temperature differential. It can come from running the dishwasher, indoor house plants, cooking, or even breathing. In fact, because modern windows are more efficient at keeping warm air in and cold air out, you might notice more condensation on new windows. Older, drafty windows are less efficient. They allow both moisture and air to escape. So while they are less foggy, they are also less efficient. As long as condensation is infrequent, and goes away on its own, you don’t need to worry.

If you have frequent condensation on the exterior surfaces of some of your windows then you may have a problem, especially if condensation drips down the windows and collects in the track or on the window sill. It could cause costly damage in the form of warping, mold, decay or structural damage. Fortunately if there is too much moisture in the air there are some tricks you can use to reduce it. These include:

  • Improving air circulation
  • Reduce the use of humidifiers
  • Moving aquariums and plants away from windows
  • Open windows to increase ventilation
  • Circulate air by operating ceiling fans and exhaust vents
  • Using a dehumidifier

Condensation between the Panes on your Windows

You do need to worry if this ever happens. It not only means you have seal failure and the inert gas between the panes has leaked out, but also that your windows will no longer be as energy efficient as the label suggests. But before you go running for replacement windows Mesa, just try cleaning the glass to make sure the fog really is on the inside. If it is, condensation will likely persist until you get in touch with professional window installation. For this call Freelite at (602) 233-1981. We offer you a no-hassle, no-pressure way to look at new windows and get a fair quote. You can stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003.