Homeowners have been struggling with condensation for centuries. Until science came around, nobody knew how to deal with it. Luckily enough, we are in the 21 century and it turns out condensation is easily solved.
First, you should know that exterior condensation can’t be stopped since it occurs because of natural and sudden temperature change. In fact, if your house windows have exterior condensation, you shouldn’t be worried at all. It means that you have proper insulation.
On the other hand, interior condensation is usually a sign for rooked windows or high humidity levels. Here is how to deal with it:
Control Water Vapour
There are a couple of causes for interior condensation. Your problem might be complicated or simple. To find out whether you are facing a more serious issue, start making baby steps like controlling water vapor.
Putting lids while cooking, drying clothes outside and turning up those vents may save you a ton of worries. Dehumidifiers also help and are usually placed in basements and attics to reduce chances for mold growth and rot.
Even though plants look amazing on the inside, they do increase humidity levels. Your condensation may be occurring because you have plants that are too close to the windows. To deal with this, you can replace them with plastic ones and move the real ones outside.
There are a few plants that miraculously reduce humidity and can help you with your condensation. Such plants are Tillandsia, Peace Lilly, Epiphytes, Xerophytes, and Boston Fern.
Upgrade Doors & Windows
Sometimes neither cooking nor plants have to do anything with the problem. In older or faulty homes, windows and doors aren’t of the highest possible quality. This means that they are probably loose, detached, broken or scratched.
Damaged doors and windows lead to draftiness, poor soundproofing, rot, leaks, and high energy spending. One of the first signs of the need for window replacement is interior condensation.
The best way to be sure that it has nothing to do with your windows is to schedule a free consultation. If you know that it does, just update your windows and doors to Energy Star rated ones.
Okay, so we discussed the worst and most common scenario – you need to do full on replacement. Let’s get back on track and discuss less expensive measures. After controlling water vapor and removing plants, you should put more focus on the quality of your ventilation.
Start with opening up your windows and doors at least twice a day. Afterward, install ceiling fans to get the air circulating. Think of cleaning your ducts and HVAC to assure you always get refreshed air. Some homeowners decide to create more window openings or change the window type.
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