Condensation on the inside of your windows is the result of high humidity inside your closed environment. The “extra” moisture contained in the air inside your home or property will form condensation when it hits the colder surface of the window pane. High humidity can be defined as an excess of water vapor in the air inside your home or property.
Condensation usually occurs first on windows because often times their surfaces are colder than the surrounding air. All homes have a certain amount of moisture (humidity or water vapor) due to common household activities such as bathing, showering, dish washing, washing clothes, or cooking. These activities can add water vapor to the closed environment of your home or property.
High humidity can also be caused by leaving windows open, allowing the outside humidity to affect the inside humidity of your closed environment. Or, humidity can be caused by improperly installed or maintained HVAC duct work or a basement* space that allows for ground water or rain water to seep into and above the foundation of your home or property.
The first step is discovering the reason for the high humidity causing condensation and take steps to prevent it (keep windows closed, or repair basement foundation for example). Since we cannot control the outside dew point temperature (or relative humidity), the indoor moisture levels must be maintained to help prevent condensation from forming. Early signs of mold growth are not always visual. Mold spores can remain dormant for extended periods of time, until the right growing conditions occur. Reducing moisture levels is vital to preventing the spread of mold in your home.
Condensation may be a problem if you are experiencing:
- Moisture on walls and sheetrock
- Noticeable spots/ patches on leather
- Build-up on window sills
- A musty odor
The IW-25 In Wall / On Wall dehumidifier for homes removes up to 25 pints of excess moisture a day. Designed for everyday use, the in wall/ on wall dehumidification unit maintains RH below 60 percent, draining directly into existing plumbing with gravity or the optional integrated condensate pump. The hands-free IW-25 takes control of moisture to help prevent mold growth, reduce condensation & humidity, and improve indoor air quality.
If you are having issues with window condensation and high humidity inside your home or property, contact Innovative Dehumidifiers today and our team will discuss what options you have available. We are deeply involved in every facet of the process and are eager to help.
*does not apply to subterranean spaces.