How To Tell When Your Home Is Too Humid Inside In Cold Temperatures
When the heart of winter ushers in frigid temperatures, you might begin to notice winter window condensation. Cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air, so when temperatures drop outside and your windows become chilled, the warm air within your house that comes into contact with cool glass surfaces is forced to abandon the moisture it is holding. This causes water vapor to be deposited on the glass of your windows and windowsills.
Condensation on windows can be especially problematic when the whole family is home, and the house’s heater is working hard to keep everyone warm. You may have noticed the same sort of issue in the summer when the heat outside your windows and doors sends temperatures soaring, and you’ve cranked down the thermostat inside to cool everyone off. When indoor and outdoor temperatures differentiate, windows sweat, which can be harmful to your home.
The Dangers of Excess Humidity Left Unchecked
Structural damage from excess humidity — which is the ultimate issue when your windows sweat — can range from peeling paint, wood rotting, insulation disintegration and sheetrock and paneling damage. In winter, the problem is worse because the interior air is much more humid than the dry, cold outdoor air.
Options for Eliminating Excess Humidity
Options for eliminating winter window condensation vary widely. Little fixes include moving your houseplants away from the windows, (because they add moisture to the air), turning on bathroom fans when you’re showering and avoiding air drying your clothes indoors.
Some other solutions you can try include anti-fogging products applied directly to windows, although they may have limited success in extreme temperatures. Window film kits are also available and work by blocking the warmer and more humid air from reaching the actual glass, which is what creates droplets. Reviews indicate window film works well for weatherizing windows, but it isn’t especially useful for reducing condensation.
By far, the best solution for eliminating winter window sweat is a dehumidifier system. Not only do dehumidifier systems eliminate the bothersome sweat droplets that form on windows when the outside and inside temperatures are at extreme differences, but they also make homes and other buildings more durable and efficient.
The IW25-4 Innovative Dehumidifier with Combined Bi-Polar Ionizer
We at Innovative Dehumidifier Systems offer the IW25-4 In-Wall/On-Wall Dehumidifier with combined Bi-Polar Ionizer. This innovative system helps remove indoor moisture, reduces the risks caused by unchecked indoor humidity, and improves the comfort of your indoor air.
The tankless IW-25-4 dehumidifier with combined ionization eliminates the need for messy tanks by draining directly into a hub drain, plumbing with a gravity drainage system or an optional integrated condensate pump. The system can easily be installed at any stage — initial design, construction, renovation or in already existing properties.
The in-wall design can be recessed, semi-recessed or bumped out, while the on-wall unit is designed to mount on a variety of surfaces, such as masonry, cement or stucco. By removing over 25 pints of water daily from the air of a 1,500 square feet space, the IW25-4 can take a family’s living space from unbearable and heavy with moisture to clean and dry in a matter of days. As long-term investments, our systems protect the health of the dwelling as well as the residents for years to come.
Our IW25-4 has the distinction of being named the Best Overall Wall-Mounted Dehumidifier. The judging criteria was of the highest standard and included ability to decrease humidity, bipolar ionization technology, ease of handling and warranty.
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