With cooler temperatures on the horizon, window condensation becomes a major concern for homeowners in the Dayton, Ohio area. You wake up one chilly morning to find wet curtains, water on the window sill, or even signs of mold or mildew on your walls. Instead of ignoring window condensation this year, trust the experts at Allied Services Inc. to solve this problem.
What Are the Causes?
The first step to preventing window condensation is understanding why it happens. Simply put, as it gets colder outside, so do your windows. Water vapor in the air (or humidity), hits the cold windowpane and forms condensation on your windows. The more humid it is inside your home and the colder it is outside, the more condensation you will see forming on your windows.
Why Is It Harmful?
While it may not seem like a big deal to have a foggy window, condensation can actually lead to several bigger problems. Humid environments encourage mold and mildew to form, which can result in mold-related health issues. Actively growing mold releases spores and other toxins which often smell musty or foul. These airborne contaminants may trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in susceptible individuals. They can also act as irritants to the eyes, nose, and throat of an otherwise healthy individual.
What Can Be Done?
There are few things that can be done to reduce the amount of window condensation in your home. First, because condensation is more likely to happen when the curtains are closed, try using open window treatments so the heat isn’t trapped on your windowpane. You can also make sure your home is properly ventilated by running exhaust fans when cooking or showering. Finally, installing a whole-home dehumidification system can greatly reduce condensation by working with your home’s heating and cooling system. The air is drawn through the return ductwork, pulled into the unit, and cooled. This causes the moisture in the air to condense into water droplets and leaves you with drier air.
Get rid of window condensation by installing a whole-home dehumidifier system from Allied Services, Inc. We can help create better indoor air quality and avoid water damage in your Dayton home. To learn more about our dehumidifying products, contact us today at (937) 269-5059.