Ever wanted to know the common sources of condensation on your windows during the winter? We’ll tell you how to deal with this familiar issue. An inexpensive hygrometer to monitor your indoor humidity is all that is needed. It’s simple and best to install on the weekend.
During the window, many homes have an issue with the windows sweating on the inside when temperature gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, with the sills and frames becoming wet too. Well insulated homes that are new can also have this issue. If this sounds like your home, the humidity level in your home is most likely too high. Double-pan windows should sustain 50 to 55 percent relative humidity indoors, even on a 40 degree night and not get condensation the windows. If the relative humidity of your home is higher than 60 to 70 percent, the windows will become dehumidifiers and condense water from the air until the range reaches 55 percent.
Older homes aren’t as tightly built than newer ones. While this is a good thing for new homes, the moisture generated indoors does not escape as easily. There are many solutions to solve this, but the best one is to track the indoor relative humidity, by obtaining an inexpensive hygrometer. This will allow you to track changes.
If you use a fireplace, check to see if the gas or propane releases increase the relative humidity in your home by using the hygrometer.
If you find that your home is still drying out, such as new concrete, wood and other materials take 12 to 18 months to dry, depending on conditions. While this is hard to control, opening your door for 10 to 15 minutes may flush the warm humid out of the home.
The problem may disappear once the humidity drops in your home determined by the hygrometer, after a hot season. Sometimes these issues occur at the beginning of a hot season, when materials dry out after a heated summer and disappears after a few weeks.
If you think none of these problems seem to be issue, look for excess moisture. Green plants can cause excessive moisture, as well as ground moisture from concrete slab. If you cannot determine the problem, contact a professional who understands mold and condensation issues.