Condensation – What Is It, Why Is It Occurring & How To Fight It?

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Do your windows often steam up and are wet to touch? If this is the case then these are the signs of  condensation. 

Condensation on your windows is never ideal but it is all common in the UK. Not only does it affect the appearance of your windows but it can lead to more serious damp problems.

But what causes the issue  and, more importantly, what can you do to prevent condensation from finding its way onto your windows? 

Let’s take a look at the causes and how you can tackle the problem  head-on. 

What causes condensation? 

More common in colder months, condensation is the process by which water vapour in the air lands itself on surfaces that are at a lower temperature. Water droplets will form when moist air comes into contact with the cold surface of your windows. 

As mentioned above, window condensation is generally a more common problem in winter when temperatures are colder. Condensation occurs more frequently as the warm air in your home will hold more moisture than cold air and, to add to that, the surface of your windows will also be much colder. These two things combined result in  more moisture being deposited onto your windows. 

How to prevent condensation on your windows 

If condensation on your windows is becoming a frequent issue, don’t worry, there are a number of methods to avoid condensation in long-term. Here are a few:

  1.  Invest in dehumidifiers 

One reason condensation may appear on your windows is due to the humidity trapped inside your home and, therefore, reducing the amount of it  will help to reduce your condensation problem. Dehumidifiers are designed for this exact purpose as they help reduce excess  humidity in your home. As a result, the surface of your windows will stay dry – preventing condensation from forming. When investing in a dehumidifier it is best to buy multiple and strategically place them in rooms that experience the most condensation. You can even move them to your bedroom in the colder months. 

    2. Ventilation is key 

 

When it comes to combating condensation, ventilation is an integral factor. By improving the ventilation and airflow throughout your home, you can have a significant impact on reducing condensation. However, whilst keeping your windows open during the winter isn’t a practical solution, there are still ways to help improve ventilation. Having extractor fans in your kitchen and bathrooms for example, can be  helpful when it isn’t always possible to keep a window open. 

3.  Upgrade your double glazing

 

Double glazed windows have become the standard in homes and for good reason. On the off chance that you don’t currently have double glazed windows installed or if they are poorly fitted, this could be the root of your condensation problem. Having high quality windows fitted to your home will reduce the amount of condensation your windows experience. This is because double glazed windows stay much warmer than single glazed windows. 

Although it isn’t always possible to eliminate condensation altogether, implementing some of the methods mentioned above will go a long way in helping to prevent condensation from forming on your windows before it becomes a more serious issue. 

Want to know more about how you can best combat condensation in your home? Get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.