Wet windows can be quite irritating and can cause damage to your house. This can lead to rotting wood and damage the plaster. Moreover, excess condensation in your home can damage not only the area around the windows but your entire house as well. You probably don’t care about the scientific causes of wet windows and you simply want to eliminate excess moisture. So we did the work for you and gathered 10 tips on how to get rid of wet windows.
1. Window insulation kits
Window insulation kits can be placed inside or outside the windows. When installed on the inside, they can prevent condensation inside your house. If window insulation kits are installed externally, they can help decrease energy costs but don’t affect condensation. In addition, if you have moisture between the inner and the storm window, sealing the inner window can help solve this problem.
2. Turn down the humidifier
Condensation usually occurs in wet rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. If it appears in the nursery or living room, it may be caused by a humidifier. If you have one, try to turn it off and see if the condensation disappears. If you still need a humidifier, try to set it to the lowest level and the condensation will be minimal.
3. Use storm windows
If you have old windows in your house, storm windows can help decrease condensation on your interior windows during the winter months. The space between the interior and storm window allows the inner window to stay warmer. One more advantage of storm windows is their ability to reduce your heating bills during cold months. Despite the fact that storm windows can sometimes be wet, they reduce condensation on the inner windows. Moisture on storm windows can indicate a leak in your inner windows and it is better to check and re-apply the weather stripping.
4. Buy a moisture eliminator
If you noticed that there are places in your house with an increased level of moisture, you can buy a moisture eliminator. They are often delivered in buckets and can be placed on the floor or in bags that can be hung, usually in the closet. You can use moisture eliminating products in your bathrooms, in the kitchen or in closets where they will protect your clothes from moisture and they will eliminate excess moisture in the air.
5. Bathroom and kitchen fans
Use fans in your bathroom and kitchen every time you take a shower or cook. Taking a shower and cooking releases a lot of moisture into the air and often this moisture can’t easily leave your home. Exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen are able to remove this excess moisture from the air. Simply start the fans within 15-20 minutes after taking a shower or cooking.
6. Air circulation
Air circulation can also help decrease the moisture on your windows. You can use your ceiling fans all year round. Make the fans rotate clockwise to push the warm air from the ceiling back onto the floor.
7. Raise the temperature
Raising the temperature of aluminum windows can help reduce condensation on them. Condensation on windows occurs when warm air enters a cold surface (glass). Remember what happens when you take a cold drink from the refrigerator in hot weather. The surface of the can or bottle immediately gets wet. The same works with windows. Try to raise the temperature in the house a little in order to increase the temperature of your windows. You can also use curtains or blinds to raise the window temperature.
8. Buy a dehumidifier
Buying a dehumidifier is easy but quite an expensive way to eliminate excess moisture in your home. A full-sized dehumidifier usually costs between $200 and $300. If it is too expensive for you, look for a mini dehumidifier. There are different models, some of them need to be turned on and off, others can turn on automatically when the humidity level in the house gets above a certain threshold.
9. Add weather stripping
Weatherstripping on your windows can prevent the release of warm air from your house. It also helps reduce condensation on the interior windows if you use storm windows during the cold months. Weatherstripping also makes your home more energy-efficient.
10. Install air to air exchanger
An air to air exchanger is one more quite easy but expensive method to eliminate moisture and condensation in the house. An air to air exchanger supplies fresh air from the outside and directs the air from the room to the outside. One more advantage of these machines is their ability to remove not only excess moisture but pollutants as well.