Humidity is part of a home’s life. You look out your window and see drops of water on your window. You think it’s strange, because it wasn’t supposed to rain last night. Upon closer examination, you realize that the water droplets are inside your window. Humidity is a part of a home’s life, especially when you live in a humid area. However, too much humidity can make your home smell musty, encourage the growth of mold and dust mites, and damage your home and everything inside of it. That’s why it’s important to know what causes condensation on your windows’ interior or exterior and how to reduce humidity to a reasonable level. Here are a few reasons why you might be experiencing window sweat in your home:

Common Causes of Moisture on Your Windows

  • Drop in temperature: Even with the best insulated windows, it’s not uncommon for windows to act as dehumidifiers when the temperature outside drops to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
  • Your home is a little too airtight: Newer homes don’t allow moist air to escape as easily as old homes. We like being well-protected from the outside, but that can increase the moisture levels inside our homes as well.
  • Use of propane or gas: Both propane and gas release a lot of moisture into the air when they are burned.
  • Your just recently built your home: Wood, concrete and other materials can take anywhere from a year to 18 months to completely dry out. In the meantime, they may be releasing moisture into your new home’s atmosphere. If you open your doors and windows for a few minutes in the evening after moisture has built up, this can can help release some of the water vapors in your home.
  • You have a lot of indoor plants: Indoor plants can help improve air quality, especially if you have allergies. They also release a lot of vapor as well, just like in the jungle.
  • You just had a really humid summer: Wood and other building materials are great at absorbing humidity during a particularly steamy summer. When the indoor heating starts to dry things out, expect that the wood and other materials in your home will start to let go of that humidity and release it into your home’s interior.

What Can You do to Reduce Condensation on Your Windows?

One of the first steps in reducing condensation is to conduct an assessment. Purchase a hygrometer and assess the various levels of relative humidity within your house. Remove or fix, if possible, any sources of excessive moisture, such as houseplants, poorly insulated windows, or a faulty bathroom fan. If the humidity level is too high, you can consider adjusting the humidity with a dehumidifier, especially for the winter months.

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Consider a Security Assessment

While you are doing an assessment of your windows, and whether they need to be updated, why not consider a security assessment as well? Did you know that 23% of burglars gain access to a home through a first-floor window? If your windows don’t have sensor protection, maybe it’s time to conduct an overall assessment of how safe your house really is? If you are interested in monitored home security to keep you and your loved ones safe, get a free quote from Protect America. You will be glad you did.