Why is there condensation on my windows?

From a misty bathroom mirror after a hot shower, to a windshield that just won’t fog up, to the water droplets that form on the side of a cold beer, condensation is everywhere.

But one place you may not be so used to seeing condensation is on the inside of your bedroom window in the morning.

Well, condensation on windows is actually a blessing and a curse – because while it is sometimes a sign of good insulation, moisture build-up can cause problems for your home and your health.

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So what causes fogged windows in the morning and how can you stop them?

Here is everything you need to know.

Why is condensation forming on my windows?

Condensation on windows is caused by excessive moisture in the air, often caused by everyday activities such as cooking, showering, or even breathing while you sleep.

When an object – such as a pane of glass – is cooler than the air around it, the water molecules in the air combine to form a thin layer of visible water droplets on its surface.

Windows are often affected by condensation because window panes come into direct contact with the cold air.

Internal condensation mostly occurs during the Autumn and winter months when the outside air is colder.

It signals above-average humidity or insufficient ventilation in your home, with persistent moisture being the perfect conditions for Mold and mildew To shape.

Mold starts out as small black spots or discoloration that grow around your windows, walls, or carpet, but can develop over time and potentially cause costly damage to your property.

Prolonged exposure to mold can also trigger various health problems, including allergies with symptoms identical to that of asthma.

Why is condensation forming on the outside of my windows?

Condensation can also appear on the outside of windows.

Fortunately, this type of condensation is a good thing as it suggests that your windows are good at insulating your home and not being able to transfer heat.

You can wipe away the condensation on the outside if you want, but this is not necessary as it will go away anyway on nice days.

How to stop condensation on windows

Excess moisture and water caused by condensation in the home can be harmful to both your home and your health.

If you want to prevent condensation from building up on your windows every morning, there are a few steps you can take:

  • If your kitchen windows fog up forever, try covering pans while cooking

  • To avoid steaming up bathroom windows, shower faster or cooler

  • Always use an extractor hood (if available) when cooking or showering.

  • Avoid drying excessively wet clothing indoors, especially on radiators

  • If possible, open windows, especially if you have two on opposite sides of the house that can help you ventilate crosswise

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