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Condensation in your double glazing? Use a hair dryer and other smart home hacks

November 1, 2017

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Why do I get condensation on the inside of my double glazing?

condensation on windowsWindows misted up and water running down them every morning? You might be surprised to hear that condensation in your double glazing can actually be a good thing.

Having condensation on the inside of your windows and the outside means that your windows are working by preventing draughts. This, therefore, helps with keeping the cold out and the warmth in.

How to get rid of condensation on windows

Condensation will evaporate over time but if you want to get rid of it quicker, here are some tips:

  • Hairdryer – Using a hairdryer on the affected area will clear up the condensation quicker but it’s only a quick fix and won’t actually solve the problem. Ensure you don’t have any cracks in your windows before you apply any heat.
  • Ventilation – Ventilation is the key solution if the condensation is on the inside pane. Open windows when you can, especially after showering. Even just a few minutes in the morning will help air circulate.
  • Extractor fans – Use an extractor fan in the kitchen when cooking and always put lids on saucepans to keep the steam in. Try to dry your clothes outside whenever possible. Use extraction fans in the bathroom after bathing and showering.
  • Window dehumidifier – If high levels of humidity are a constant problem in your home, consider getting a window dehumidifier. You can get affordable dehumidifiers that last a few months which are filled with absorbent beads and soak up extra moisture.
  • Remove water – When condensation does happen, make sure you remove any water that has dripped onto your window sill. If it is left, it can cause mould and damp, which can be bad for your health.

What is condensation in double glazing?

Condensation in windowsCondensation is caused by moisture in the air coming into contact with a cold surface, such as a windowpane. It can become more noticeable after upgrading to modern glazing. Previously, old single glazed windows let in draughts so the warm air was able to escape.

When the surface temperature of the window drops below the outdoor dew point temperature, condensation occurs on the outside. Condensation on the inside of your windows is most likely caused by high humidity in your home. This can be due to things such as cooking or showering – even breathing!

Why is condensation in my double glazing happening now?

As temperatures drop, it becomes more common to have condensation on the inside of your double glazed windows. As winter approaches, we naturally start heating our homes, enjoying lovely warm baths and resort to drying our clothes inside.

Therefore, the humidity can’t escape as your windows are working too well, which is great for your comfort and energy bills. It can just be a bit annoying waking up to fully fogged up windows.

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Blown windows are a cause for condensation inside double glazing

If you notice condensation in between your double glazed panes, this is a cause for concern. Typically, this will mean your double glazing has blown. Blown windows generally occur because a seal has broken.

More often than not, in order to go from cloudy to clear windows, your double glazing unit will need replacing.

Condensation in rented properties

Double glazed windowsCondensation is a particular bone of contention between landlords and their tenants, especially throughout the colder months. Tenants are typically less likely to open their windows and dry their washing outside.

So, the following condensation checklist can be handed to tenants at the beginning of the tenancy to avoid possible disputes further down the line.

  1. Maintain a constant temperature throughout the home; economising on heating will not help.
  2. Drying clothes inside? Always open a window.
  3. Use a tumble dryer? Make sure it’s a condenser or vented to the outside.
  4. Wipe damp surfaces to keep evaporation down.
  5. Use and check extractor fans regularly.
  6. Home newly plastered or decorated? Use a dehumidifier, as moisture will evaporate as the property dries out.

Does double glazing stop condensation?

Of course – condensation can also be down to inefficient single glazed windows.

If this is the case, new double glazing could be the answer to your condensation woes. The double glazing works hard to significantly reduce condensation by allowing the inner glass to retain more heat.

Enjoy the best double glazed windows for your Cheltenham home

Black aluminium casement windowYou might want to upgrade to ultra-modern aluminium windows or even triple glazing for the ultimate heat and sound insulation.

Get in touch with Albany Windows today and we can help advise on improving your windows or simply give advice on reducing your condensation.

But in the event that you do need further assistance, why not take a look at our double glazing unit repair page.

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Condensation in conservatories, doors, and around the house – what to do

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