How to stop condensation from appearing on your windows

Sep 16, 2019

Have you started to notice condensation appear on your windows? You’re not alone. 

Many homeowners experience condensation, especially at this time of year when the temperature outdoors starts to drop.

Although it isn’t something you need to worry about too much, if left untreated, condensation could lead to longer lasting issues at home, such as mould and damp.

Fortunately, there are a number of simple yet effective ways you can reduce condensation on your windows before it becomes a bigger problem.

Clear wet surfaces

To remove the condensation, you should dry the surfaces with a cloth as often as you need to, removing any build up on your windows and walls.

You may find condensation is more common in areas of your home where there is excessive moisture in the air, such as your bathroom and kitchen. Using an extractor fan every time you shower or cook will help to remove the moist air indoors.

Improve ventilation in your home

Keeping your home well ventilated is the key to preventing condensation from reoccurring.

Simply opening a window will release the warm, moist air that’s become trapped indoors and allow fresh air to circulate into your home.

While you may think that keeping a door open will help, this could actually allow the water vapour to spread into other rooms and so it’s best to keep your doors shut.

Control your heating 

Condensation occurs when warm air hits a cold surface, by controlling your heating indoors you can significantly reduce the appearance of condensation on your windows.

To avoid temperatures from rising and dropping, you may find that keeping your heating at a consistent temperature is far better than frequently turning it on and off.

Replace your windows 

If you have relatively new windows, then it’s likely that condensation will be an easy problem to solve without the need for professional help. However, older windows may need replacing altogether.

If you find that the condensation is on the inside of your windows and you can’t simply wipe it off, it could be a sign of broken seals. In this instance, it’s important to call in the professionals to repair the seal.

Single-glazed windows could also be part of the problem. Both double and triple glazed windows are designed to help to retain heat in your home and so, although it can still occur, you’re much less likely to have condensation on energy efficient windows.

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