It’s just water right? Right, but it still looks pretty unflattering beaded all over your windows. We’re talking about humidity’s best friend — condensation. When there’s too much water hanging in the air, it will naturally gravitate towards a cool surface, like the glass on your windows. But that’s not all. Window fog might be the easiest sign of condensation to detect, but it can also cause wallpaper to peel, water stains on the walls and mold and mildew to take hold. That’s why you have to take action, and stop condensation in its tracks.
Open the windows. Airing out your home each day can help keep a nice even temperature. That means it will be more difficult for condensation to find a significantly cooler surface to attack.
Check your vents. Your washer and dryer can release up to 2 liters of water into the air with each load. If your vents aren’t working properly, guess where that damp air will end up — inside your home!
Use the clothesline. Hanging your clothes out allows the dried up water to escape into the air rather than into your home. That water needs somewhere to go when it dries up off your clothing!
Keep the fan on, and the door closed. Your bathroom and kitchen areas should have exhaust fans, always. Making sure to turn them on while those spaces are in use is crucial, and closing the door if possible will keep the moist air contained while your fans vent it out.
Wipe wet surfaces down. Even with an exhaust fan, it’s not uncommon to find your countertops covered in dew after a steamy shower. Don’t let that water sit! Wipe down all wet surfaces to prevent pesky mold growth.
Make a little space. Keep your cupboards from overflowing, and you furniture from crowding up to your walls. The more “room to breathe,” the less chance that condensation will take hold.
Turn on your HVAC system. A properly installed heating and cooling unit can help regulate both temperature and humidity within your home.
Have you noticed an abundance of condensation forming on your windows and around your home? If so, you may benefit from purchasing a standalone dehumidifier, or installing a central air system with dehumidifying capabilities.
To learn how Tyler Heating & Cooling can help you get your home’s humidity under control, call 203-378-4700 today.