Feb 03, 2020
Controlling Household Condensation in Winter
If your windows inside collect moisture and ice during the cold snaps, you may have a humidity problem. Managing your home humidity levels can be a difficult task during the winter months. If your humidity is too high in relation to the temperature outside, you will end up with condensation on your windows, which can damage the windows, the casing, and the drywall. This can also lead to mold and mildew problems within your home, which are harmful to your health.
Simple Tips To Control Condensation
- Run the furnace fan continuously.
- When you are cooking, turn on the kitchen fan a few minutes before your start, and leave it on for a few minutes afterward.
- When you are boiling or simmering water, cover pots to reduce the steam.
- Turn your bathroom fan on before you shower, and leave it on for a while after you are done.
- Check that your dryer vent is installed correctly and routed to outside, without any holes or leaks in the venting. Ensure that you’re dryer trap is emptied after each load of laundry.
- Open curtains and shutters, open them so that they do not trap moisture between them and the window.
- Cover and shrink wrap your windows with plastic.
- Reduce the number of indoor house plants that you have, as plants increase humidity levels.
- Set your furnace humidifier at the recommended level based on current outdoor temperatures. To learn about indoor humidity recommendations during extreme cold, click here.
Following these steps should reduce condensation on your windows. If you try these steps and continue to have humidity buildup on your windows, consider contacting Always Plumbing & Heating to help you determine what the problem is and how to address it.