Ever notice moisture forming on your windows every now and then? This is known as window condensation and it can occur during the summer and winter seasons as a result of warm, moist air touching your cold windows. Whenever homeowners notice condensation on their windows during the summer and winter season, some tend to think that they’re exactly the same. However, this isn’t so, as there are a few key differences between the two.
Where Condensation Occurs
One of the things that sets summer window condensation apart from winter condensation is where it occurs. Compared to winter window condensation, condensation during the summer happens outside your windows and is mostly a visual issue that brings no risks to your window or health. In fact, according to experts, if your casement windows show signs of condensation in the summer, it means they’re working properly.
Winter condensation, meanwhile, is considered to be more destructive of the two as it occurs inside your windows and can eventually result in mold growth. If left unchecked, the mold could spread around your home and cause respiratory health issues for you and your family.
How to Minimize Window Condensation
There are a few ways you can minimize condensation on your windows no matter what time of the year it is. The first method you can consider is a window replacement project; if your current windows happen to be single-pane, consider switching to a double-pane replacement unit for better insulation. If you opt for this method, consider picking a window that has an argon or krypton gas fill to improve its overall insulation value.
Another way you can minimize window condensation is by investing in a window that uses warm-edge technologies. By doing so, you can reduce conduction at the edges of the insulated glass units, keeping the window edges warm and reducing the chances of condensation.
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