The Causes Of Condensation And What You Can Do To Stop It
It’s great when a customer trusts Global enough to ask us a home-related question, and one of the things we most get asked about is condensation.
Condensation is a big issue at this time of year for lots of Irish householders. There’s nothing nice about having a load of water droplets covering your windows first thing in the morning as it makes them look pretty unattractive.
To properly tackle condensation, you really need to firstly know why it happens, and it can be put down to there being too much moisture inside a home, and a high level of indoor humidity.
Where does it all come from?
It can occur in many ways, e.g. when you have a hot shower or bath and don’t leave a bathroom window open to allow the heat to escape, or when you fail to put lids on pans when cooking vegetables on your hob.
Improved ventilation is a quick fix. So, leave windows open, when you can, and add a humidifier to the house.
Neglecting to do anything about condensation is not advisable. Frequent condensation can severely weaken the structural integrity of your windows, and result in mould and damp, which could have an affect on your health.
When you get condensation on your windows, use a towel to wipe it all away. However, a better solution would be to have your current windows replaced with energy efficient double or triple glazed windows.
Because they have a warmer window profile, you’re less likely to see those pesky water droplets appear.
Occasionally, you may get some external condensation on energy efficient windows, mostly during the months of March / April and October. This is due to vast temperature fluctuations at these times of year. It won’t be present on the glass for long though as it will quickly disappear once the temperature warms up later in the mornings.
There is more information about condensation on our Helpful Tips page.