Any time warm humid air makes contact with a cooler surface, moisture may condense in the form of water droplets. This is most frequently seen in a cool bathroom on the mirror after a person showers, however, it may be found in a variety of other places also. Furthermore, certain heating appliances add moisture to the home, which can bring about condensation. A homeowner often notices this problem on doors and windows during the winter months and in other places too. Any condensation issues need to be addressed immediately, as a failure to do so can result in peeling paint and rot. Both provide the ideal environment for the growth of mold and mildew.
Minimize Cool Surfaces
To minimize cool surfaces in the home, consider installing storms windows and doors. They separate the warm interior air from the cool outside air. If they are already present, the homeowner may want to look into double and triple-pane windows to eliminate this issue while making the home more energy efficient. Another way to prevent this problem is to open drapes and blinds to warm the interior glass. This won’t eliminate the problem completely but can reduce moisture buildup. The homeowner may also wish to insulate pipes that carry cold water when outside temperatures climb to reduce condensation.
When choosing a heating and cooling system, consider a gas or electric furnace. Both produce dry heat which helps to reduce moisture levels in the home. Air conditioners work to lower humidity levels also while keeping the interior air cool. Take this a step further and ensure all registers are allowing for good airflow. Finally, use ventilation fans to remove any moisture in the home produced while cooking, showering, drying clothes, and more.
Condensation Control in the home is of great importance. If you find you continue to have problems after taking the steps mentioned above, it’s time to call in the professionals. Excess moisture in the home can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. The sooner the problem is corrected, the less of a concern this will be. Don’t hesitate to bring in outside help, as doing so could save you money in the long run.