The cold days of winter are notorious for exacerbating condensation problems around doors and windows. The problems that rise from this problem might not be apparent immediately, but once the weather warms up in spring, all that trapped humidity around your windows can lead to a worse problem: mold growth.
Mold, on its own, isn’t always harmful. Although certain types of mold such as black mold can be toxic, their biggest drawback is that they are unsightly to look at and can lead to rot and deterioration of the wooden supports in and around your walls. So how do you prevent mold from developing around your window sills? Let our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey share a few tips on how to avoid this common problem.
Prevention Versus Removal
When it comes to mold growing around your windows, prevention is certainly better than the cure. It’s easier to avoid the problem from occurring in the first place than dealing with it when the spread is already visible. You can do so by ensuring that your window sills have adequate ventilation. However, do not open your windows when your air conditioner is running. Instead, install an exhaust fan or use a ceiling fan to allow air to circulate inside your home.
Dry Your Window Sill Regularly
You can also prevent mold growth by keeping your window sill and the immediate area around it dry and free from any condensation. This means wiping away any droplets of moisture that form on its surfaces as soon as they become visible. You can use a dry sponge or a piece of non-abrasive cloth to wipe away any condensation.
Replace Your Windows
Condensation is the number one cause of mold growth and this problem occurs more frequently in aging windows. Most windows can last from 15 to 20 years with good maintenance. If you’re finding that you’re having to deal with condensation troubles too frequently, your windows may already be approaching the end of its life. Contact a professional to schedule a window replacement if this is the case.
At Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey, our replacement windows are designed to be resistant to many of the common problems that affect windows. This includes condensation and the spread of mold and mildew. Give us a call at (908) 497-1020 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with our window experts and request a free estimate on window replacement services today. We serve the areas of New Jersey as well as other communities nearby.