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

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Help! There’s condensation on the inside of my double glazed window!

Windows misted up and water running down them every morning? You might be surprised to hear that condensation on the outside or inside panes of your double glazing is a good thing. It actually means that your windows are working by preventing draughts and keeping the cold out and warmth in.

What is condensation in double glazing?

Condensation 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 as old single glazed windows let in draughts so warm air escapes. When the surface temperature of the window drops below the outdoor dew point temperature, condensation occurs on the outside. Condensation on the inside is most likely caused by high humidity in your home due to cooking, showering and even breathing.

Why is it happening now?

It becomes more common as the temperatures drop to have condensation on the inside of your windows. We start heating our homes, enjoying lovely warm baths and resort to drying our clothes inside. 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.

So, how do I get rid of condensation on my windows?

Easy solutions to solve your condensation problem & how to demist double glazing effectively:

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

  • Using a hair dryer 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

A customer calls you in to look at a double-glazed window unit with an internal condensation problem. What solution do you propose?…

  • 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. Use extraction fans in the bathroom after bathing and showering
  • 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
  • If high levels of humidity are a constant problem in your home, consider getting a dehumidifier. You can get affordable ones that last a few months which are filled with absorbent beads and soak up extra moisture
  • When condensation does happen, make sure you remove any water that has dripped onto your window sill. If it’s left it can cause mould and damp, which can be bad for your health.

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Keep on the lookout for windows that have failed

If you notice condensation in between your double glazed panes, this is a cause for concern. It could mean that your insulated unit has failed, and your seals are no longer keeping the cold out. It could be as simple as replacing the glazing unit or you could need the whole window replaced if they’re past their best.

Rented property condensation checklist

Condensation is a particular bone of contention between landlords and their tenants, especially throughout the colder months – as tenants are 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.

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

Does double glazing stop condensation?

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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 – as it works hard to significantly reduce condensation by allowing the inner glass to retain more heat.

Enjoy the best windows for your home

You might want to upgrade to ultramodern aluminium windows or even triple glazing for the ultimate heat and sound insulation. Get in touch with Albany Windows today if we can help advice on improving your windows or to 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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