One of the main gripes UK homeowners have during the cold winter months is the build of condensation on their windows. This can be a real annoyance and, in some cases, can even cause actual damage to the home. Condensation on the inside of your windows is caused by an excessive amount of moisture inside your home. This is more common in winter as any houses will generally have their windows closed to keep their homes nice and warm, trapping any airborne moisture inside. When the warm air inside the home meets the cold windows condensation is formed.
Having excessive amounts of moisture in your home can be a real problem, not just for your windows, but your entire home. The warm, moist environment is an ideal breeding ground for mould, which can have disastrous effects on your home and can have an extremely detrimental effect on your health. This moisture can also cause wood to rot and plaster to crumble, so it is best to tackle this problem early before any serious damages occur.
How to stop condensation on windows
There are many tips and tricks you can try to stop condensation forming on your windows, these range from quick easy changes you can make yourself through to expensive purchases or changes to your home. Read our list and see which of our helpful tips would suit your home.
- Upgrade your Windows
In many cases of condensation, the home in question has single glazed windows or very old double glazing in place. These older windows do not have the same modern energy saving advancements in place, which help avoid your windows being freezing cold to the touch. If your windows are getting old, get in touch and see how affordable modern, replacement windows could be for your home.
- Add Trickle Vents to your Windows
Getting the air in your home moving can help prevent condensation on your windows. With your windows being closed throughout winter to keep the heat in, you are left with a very stuffy environment. Trickle vents are installed next to your windows to allow air to flow in and out of your home. You can request trickle vents are included with your windows when you purchase new replacement windows or in some cases they can be added on to existing windows.
- Open your Windows
Sometimes the simple answers are the best! Opening your windows to let moisture out and let the air circulate is the perfect cure for window condensation. This is not always possible with the Great British weather, but if it’s not too cold (or windy/rainy/snowy) then try to open your windows and get the air in your home circulated.
- Install an Air to Air Exchanger
This is quite an expensive product to add to your home, but if you are really suffering from condensation (and maybe even mould) in your home then this could be a great product. You can find these at online on Amazon and can either be installed yourself or by an electrician. One of the more popular models we have seen is installed in your loft. This device then sucks in and cleans the air from your loft and pumps it into your home, forcing your air to circulate and hopefully eliminating the moisture in the air.
- Buy a Dehumidifier
There are many different types of dehumidifier available. These can range from around £50 to over £300 depending on the size and features you want it to have. A dehumidifier does exactly what it sounds like, it takes the moisture out of the air and drains it away. This is a great way to help cut down on window condensation, with the dehumidifier removing any airborne moisture before it gets chance to settle on your windows. Many dehumidifiers can be left on permanently and they will start working whenever the humidity level in your home reaches a certain level, this is a great way to help avoid condensation forming.
- Use your Kitchen and Bathroom Extractor Fans More
Most people will underestimate the amount of moisture that is left in the air from day to day tasks in your kitchen and bathroom. Even boiling a kettle will put enough to moisture into the air to cause condensation on your windows. When cooking, it is always recommended to ensure you have your extractor fan on a high level. Even after you have finished you should leave your extractor fan on low for another half an hour. This is the same for after you have had a shower or bath, try and leave your extractor fan on for that extra bit of time afterwards to ensure as much of the moisture in the air is sucked back outside.
- Choose plants wisely
Some plants actively give off moisture into the air, whilst some are perfect for absorbing the moisture from the air and using this to live. These are the ideal plants for homes with condensation on their windows. Plants like ‘Devil’s Ivy’ are ideal for taking moisture out of the air and they are even known to clean the air within your home for you. The fact that they take moisture from the air also means that they need little to now looking after, so can be the perfect low maintenance plant choice for your home.
Condensation between window panes
We have spoken about condensation on the inside of your windows, but what happens if the condensation is actually building up between the panes of your double glazed windows? Well this is a slightly bigger issue. This is usually a sign that your double glazed panel has ‘blown’ and needs to be replaced. If this is the case, you can:
- Replace the sealed unit
In some cases it is possible to simple remove and replace the double glazed pane from your window. This is not always possible, but if it is this can be a much more cost-effective fix than replacing your entire window.
- Replace your window
If your windows are fairly old then double glazing can start to fail. If they are old and one of your panes has blown, it could only be a matter of time until the others follow suit. If this is the case it could be best to replace them all in one go with a brand-new window, rather than spending out separately each time one of them blows.
Condensation on windows can be a real pain, but hopefully our helpful hints and tips will help stop the problem in it’s tracks for you. Give them a try and see if you can find the ideal solution for your home.
If you do require replacement windows for your home, Extra Windows have an amazing choice of double glazing and triple glazed windows available. All windows come in a choice of style, colour and design and can be tailor made to fit your home. Give us a call to discuss your needs on 0800 810 0330 today.