Let's say it's the morning and you go to pull back your curtains and find droplets of condensation rolling down your windows. Not only is this inconventiant, it's damaging your home. Excessive condensation can rot wood, damage drywall and draperies. With the right knowledge, you can help tame the condensation around your storm windows.
Knowing How The Issue Starts
Condensation forms on windows when the humidity in the home exceeds around 40 percent. The more your home's humidity exceeds that amount, the more condensation you'll see on your windows in the morning after the temperature in your home has cooled.
If the condensation is appearing between the inner window and the storm window, it shows that there's a leak from the inner window to the storm window. The moisture will gravitate toward the coolest surface, which in most cases will be your storm window.
Fixing The Condensation Issue
You can control where the condensation goes by controlling the temperature and the humidity around the windows. Sometimes the simplest fix is slightly cracking one of the windows and allowing the air to circulate will correct the issue.
If the humidty in your home is too high, you can try getting a dehumidifier to help control the moisture. This will prevent moisture from building up to the point that you have condensation in the first place. It's always a good idea to try to limit the amount of humidity in your home. Excessive moisture in your home could be causing far more than condensation issues.
You can also check your weather stripping to try and control excessive condensation. If the condensation is being caused by an air leak from your storm windows it could be caused by faulty weather stripping. If you're weather stripping looks worn, cracked, or frayed, it's a good idea to replace it.
To replace your weather stripping clean the window tracks with a soft brush and soapy water, being sure to remove all debris. Next, gently pry the old weather stripping out of the channels using a flat head screwdriver. Finally, gently slip the new weather stripping into the channels.
Think About Replacement
Storm windows are great energy savers. By knowing how to take care of any potential condensation issues, you will get far more mileage out of your windows. If you haven't had any luck fixing your condensation issues, it may be time to look at replacing your windows.
Contact a company, like Southern Glass & Mirror, for more tips and help.