It’s not unusual for homeowners to feel alarmed upon seeing condensation on their windows. The truth is, condensation isn’t as bad as you may think; but it’s not to be ignored either. In this blog, windows and metal roofing systems contractor Enchantment Roofing discuss the different types of window condensation.
How Condensation Forms
Condensation develops when moisture in the air meets a cold surface. Take a cold glass of water: the droplets of water that eventually form on it is not from the contents of the glass, but from the air itself. The more humid the environment is, the more pronounced the condensation will be.
Summer Condensation Vs. Winter Condensation
Condensation may form on windows during summer and winter seasons because of the significant differences between interior and exterior temperatures. In summer, condensation on exterior window surfaces is a common sight on buildings with cool interior surfaces, including homes and commercial structures with modified bitumen roofing. If you see this on your windows, don’t worry; your windows are working as they should. What’s important is that heat isn’t penetrating your home’s insulated barrier.
The reverse happens during winter. Since outdoor temperatures are cooler than indoors, condensation will likely form on the interior surface. The good news is that winter condensation indicates you have a fully functional heating system and that your windows are working as they should. However, this also means the relative indoor humidity is higher than it should be.
Addressing Condensation-Related Problems
The winter season tends to have low relative humidity, which is why people tend to have dry skin during this time. If condensation forms on your windows’ interior surfaces, you’ll need to control the sources of moisture in your home. Make sure there is proper ventilation, particularly in the bathrooms and kitchen. Your roof should have proper air circulation through the ridge vents and soffits. Make sure that the HVAC system is sized in proportion to your home and check the humidifier if it’s set too high.
Lastly, if you have double or triple-pane windows, take a closer look at which surface condensation is forming on. While it rarely happens, condensation forms between the panes, regardless of season. This indicates the seal between the glass panels have been broken, which means you have leaky windows. If this is the case, consult your window contractor about repair or replacement options.
Enchantment Roofing is your leading provider of window and new roof construction services. Give us a call at (505) 780-4616 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Taos, NM, and surrounding areas.
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