The windows throughout your home are a portal to the outdoors, a way to allow light in when you appreciate the view of your garden, yard or landscape. The last thing you would want to see is a sweaty window covered in a layer of condensation.

Not only are windows coated in condensation unappealing, they also can be a symptom of a more serious air-quality problem in your home. Fortunately, there’s several things you can do to address the problem.

What Causes Sweating on Windows

Condensation on the interior of windows is formed by the humid warm air in your home mixing with the cold surface of the windows. It’s notably common during the winter when it’s much chillier outside than it is inside your home.

Inside Moisture vs. In Between Panes

When talking about condensation, it’s necessary to know the contrast between moisture on the inside of your windows versus moisture in between the windowpanes. One is an indoor air quality issue and the other is a window issue.

  • Moisture on the inside of a window is created from the warm damp air in your home collecting along the glass.
  • Existing moisture you see between windowpanes is caused when the window seal fails and moisture slips between the two panes of glass, and by then the window should be repaired or replaced.
  • Condensation inside the windows isn’t a window situation and can instead be solved by adjusting the humidity in your home. Many things cause humidity throughout a home, like showers, cooking, taking a bath or even breathing.

Why Condensation on Windows Could Mean a Problem

Even though you might consider condensation in your windows is a cosmetic issue, it could also be a sign your home has higher humidity. If this is in fact the case, water might also be condensing on window frames, cold walls or other surfaces. Even a slim film of water can encourage wood surfaces to mildew or rot over time, fostering the growth of mildew or mold.

How to Decrease Humidity Throughout Your Home

Fortunately there are several options for eliminating moisture from the air in your home.

If you have a humidifier active in your home – whether it be a small unit or a whole-house humidifier – lower it further so the humidity inside your home comes down.

If you don’t have a humidifier running and your home’s humidity level is higher than you prefer, think about installing a dehumidifier. While humidifiers put moisture inside your home so the air doesn’t become too dry, a dehumidifier pulls excess moisture out of the air.

Small, portable dehumidifiers can absorb the water from an entire room. However, portable units require emptying out water trays and usually service a somewhat limited area. A whole-house dehumidifier will eliminate moisture from your entire home.

Whole-house dehumidifier systems are controlled by a humidistat, which enables you to establish a humidity level just like you would pick a temperature on your thermostat. The unit will begin running instantly when the humidity level surpasses the set level. These systems coordinate with your home’s HVAC system, so you will want to contact experienced professionals for whole-house dehumidifier installation Wilkes Barre and Scranton.

Alternative Ways to Reduce Condensation on Windows

  • Exhaust fans. Installing exhaust fans near humidity hotspots like the bathroom, laundry room or above the kitchen range can help by drawing the warm, moist air from these areas out of your home before it can raise the humidity level throughout your home.
  • Ceiling fans. Turning on ceiling fans can also keep air flowing inside the home so humid air doesn’t get caught up in one area.
  • Opening up window treatments. Throwing open the blinds or drapes can decrease condensation by stopping the humid air from being trapped against the windowpane.

By decreasing humidity inside your home and dispersing air throughout your home, you can make the most of clear, moisture-free windows even in the middle of the winter.