Should I Worry About Window Condensation?


At some point, you have probably noticed moisture or sweat forming on one of your windows. Most of the time condensation will clear up on its own and doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem. But in some cases, condensation indicates a more serious issue like seal failure, and you will need to get replacement windows in Livermore, CA. Here are a few things you need to know about window condensation, and when you might need to worry.


What Causes Window Condensation?


Warm air holds more moisture. And when it comes in contact with a cold surface and cools down, the moisture in the air condenses and gets left behind. It is what happens to a cold beverage on a warm day, and the same thing can happen to your windows.


Interior window condensation usually comes from excess humidity in the air and a contrast in the temperatures inside and outside. It commonly occurs in the bathroom and kitchen where heat and steam from showering or cooking are common. You might also notice it on windows near an aquarium or potted plants.


Exterior condensation can develop in like manner. It most often occurs on hot summer days with high humidity when the widow temperature dips below the dew point of the temperature outside. It can also happen to windows close to shrubs, trees, and other plants that trap moisture. In these instances condensation usually it dissipates on its own and it isn’t something to worry about. That said, there are some cases where condensation on a window does become a concern.


When Should I Worry about Window Condensation?


Have you noticed condensation on a window and go to wipe it only to discover the moisture is between the panes? This is not only an annoyance but also a sign of window failure. Insulated glazing units (IGUs) are a common feature in modern windows. They are two or more panes of glass sealed together as a single unit. Manufactures seal an inert gas between the frames to boost efficiency. But over time the seals break down. The inert gas leaks out, normal air seeps in, and moisture gets trapped. If your windows have a broken seal they do not perform as efficiently as they should and the extra cost on energy bills will continue to add up.


Another cause for concern is a window that fogs up and stays foggy throughout the day, despite temperature changes. You also never want to see signs of condensation on the walls or the growth of rot, mold, and mildew around your windows.


If condensation has become a problem in your home it might be time for replacement windows in Livermore, CA. To get help finding the right products for your needs contact Quality Windows & Doors, Inc. We have been providing high-quality replacement windows for over 20 years. To learn more contact our experts at (925) 484-1747 to set up an appointment or stop by 3732 Stanley Blvd. Ste. B, Pleasanton, CA 94566.



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