It’s at this time of year that we want to know how to get rid of condensation inside windows – and this expert guide will give you all the essential information you need.
Condensation on windows is just about unavoidable in colder months as we reduce ventilation to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
Condensation is annoying, but if tackled early, it needn’t be as worrying as penetrating or rising damp, which are far more serious problems that need fixing by professionals. Thankfully, you can tackle condensation on windows yourself – and quickly – without being anxious about the structural elements of your house design.
WHY DOES CONDENSATION APPEAR INSIDE WINDOWS?
Condensation inside windows – whether single- or double-glazed – happens when cold windows and warm, moist, indoor air collide.
‘Condensation occurs when there is excess moisture in the air, and is most likely to happen in rooms of the home that naturally generate extra moisture regularly, such as bathrooms and kitchens,’ says Jenny Turner, Property Manager at Insulation Express.
‘During the winter months, condensation can also appear on the inside of our windows in bedrooms due to warm air and breath hitting the cold surface of the window.’
IS CONDENSATION ON THE INSIDE OF WINDOWS SERIOUS?
‘The least that can happen is that condensation blocks your view through the window; continuous condensation, especially if left to pool around window frames and sills, can damage the material the window is made from if the finish isn’t 100% perfect, causing wood to mold and warp, and metal to rust,’ advises Lucy Searle, Homes & Gardens’ Editor in Chief.
Condensation can also be the root cause of mold – often seen as black spots on walls and ceilings. Breathing mold spores in over time is bad for your health, and needs to be tackled quickly – though there is little point in doing so if you don’t take on the condensation, too.
‘Reducing the condensation in your home will lead to less risk of mould and damp developing, which can cause minor respiratory problems and other health issues if not handled correctly,’ warns Jenny Turner.