What Can a Homeowner Do to Help Reduce Condensation?
Water vapor is part of our lives and our homes. To help control the amount of condensation in the home, experts at Simonton Windows recommend the following tips:
* Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.
* If you have a humidifier, set it to the correct outside temperature.
* If your home is overly humid, or if you have a damp basement, use a dehumidifier.
* Properly vent clothes dryers, gas appliances and stoves.
* Open a window in the bathroom.
* Make sure your attic, basement and crawl spaces are well ventilated and free from obstructions.
* Store firewood outside. Freshly-cut wood can consist of up to 45 percent water, which adds water vapor to the home. Even well-seasoned firewood generally has a 20 to 25 percent moisture content.
* Open curtains and blinds to allow more air circulation around your windows.
Homeowners with the most cause for concern are those with older, less efficient windows.
Burk also recommends knowing the difference between condensation on the glass and between the glass panes of the window.
“If you are seeing moisture, fogging or cloudiness between the panes of glass in your window, this is a strong indication that the seal of your window has failed and it’s time to replace your window,” says Burk. “In operable window units, a failed seal can often be corrected by simply replacing the sash. However, seal failure reduces energy efficiency and the unit will not work as effectively to help you keep energy bills low and enjoy comfortable living in your home. While condensation on the interior or exterior of the glass is manageable, moisture between the glass needs swift attention by homeowners.”
The experts at Simonton Windows offer several free consumer booklets on how to know when it’s time to replace your windows, energy efficiency of windows and selecting windows for a new home. The company has also introduced the new brochure, “Understanding Condensation in Your Home.” Consumers may call 1-800-746-6686 to request free copies of these brochures or visit the company’s Web site at http://www.simonton.com/Information/Tips/ for more information.