Accumulation of condensed water on your windows and doors is a result of excess moisture (usually within your home) and temperature imbalance between the exterior and interior of your window. This is why window condensation tends to occur at times of extreme temperatures, during the winter and summer months. Sweaty windows as they are often referred to, can also be caused by rising steam from your bathroom or kitchen and at times can also be an indicator of more serious problems like inefficient HVAC system, leaks in your window seals and poor ventilation in your home.

Below are four ways that can help you stop window condensation in your home.

1. Increase Air Circulation

Poor ventilation is a major cause of window condensation in homes. Tightly sealed or closed windows and doors prevent cross ventilation and can quickly lead to moisture buildup on your window. Most new homes are built to be energy efficient. This means properly insulated windows and doors to keep the temperature inside the home more stable. Even though this is a great way to reduce energy consumption and keep a steady temperature in your home, this also causes more air to be trapped within the house leading to sweaty windows. Opening windows and doors every now and then to allow for air to exchange from in your home and the outside will help prevent window condensation. In the case of bathrooms and kitchen, turning on the exhaust fan while cooking or taking a shower will allow steam to escape.

2. Replace Single Pane Windows

If your home has single-paned window, you are very likely to experience window condensation due to poor insulation. Window condensation problem aside, single-paned windows are very energy inefficient which in turn reduces the efficiency of your HVAC system and causes an increase your energy bills. Excess moisture produced from window condensation can cause mold growth on window casing, as well as disfiguration of surrounding walls and floors. The only way to prevent window condensation on single paned windows is to replace them with multi-paned windows (double or triple).

3. HVAC Maintenance

When your HVAC system is working at optimum efficiency, it helps stabilize the temperature in your home ultimately reduces window condensation. It is important to ensure your HVAC system is in great working condition before resolving to tackle other probable causes of window condensation in your home. Scheduling regular maintenance operation for your HVAC system is a good way to keep your heating system in great working condition, which in turn potentially reduces window condensation in your home.

4. Look to An Expert

Sometimes you just have to let the experts do their job. Inviting an expert to examine your windows and doors for possible causes of condensation is a great way to go about tackling the problem. Windows in your home may be poorly insulated or even may have broken seals. A professional windows and doors expert will be able to pinpoint the issue and provide a solution that will provide lasting results.