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Do My New Replacement Windows or Doors in Grand Rapids, MI Cause Condensation?

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Typically during colder months you may start spotting condensation on your windows and doors. While it’s easy to think it’s time to find the cause, it actually tells you that your windows and doors are doing their job.

The good news is that there are a few ways you can take this concern head-on to minimize it from happening in the future. To fully comprehend what is happening with your replacement windows and doors, take a few moments to peruse the FAQs below.

Do my new replacement windows or doors cause condensation?

The simple way to answer this question is to say no. When you first see condensation you may think there’s something wrong with the window since that is where the water is developing. In reality, that’s not true. The fact that condensation is appearing proves that your windows and doors are doing what they’re supposed to do. Getting replacement windows and doors for those old drafty windows and doors lessens airflow in your home, making an even tighter seal. Homes with tighter seals actually retain more humidity. Prior to replacing your windows or doors, the dryer, colder air was able to seep in to your home, mixing with the warmer, more humid air inside. When mixed, the air’s humidity was lower, reducing the opportunity for condensation to gather. So those new replacement windows and doors may have actually resulted in a higher humidity level in your home to rise.

How does condensation form?

Condensation happens when colder surfaces like windows and doors cool the nearby humid air. The water vapor in the air then goes back to water in its liquid form. In really cold climates, the interior surface can get so cold that the condensation can become frost or ice. Experiencing condensation on the interior or exterior paint is common as well, especially when the indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity are far apart. For example, in the summer when you pull something cold out of the refrigerator, the air is humid and warm. That is why the cold item you just removed suddenly becomes wet as it is exposed to the warmer air. What happened is that the temperature of the item from the refrigerator is less than the dew point temperature of the air, which is caused by condensation on the outside of that container.

What steps can I take to reduce the condensation and humidity in my home?

In order to decrease condensation, humidity levels in the home have to be controlled and you must generate air movement. Using exhaust fans in the kitchen, laundry room and your bathrooms can help keep the air moving. You may also vent any gas burners, clothes dryers or other appliances to the outdoors to help as well. Also, be sure to turn off any furnace humidifiers or other humidifying devices in your home. To help lower the humidity in your home, you can use a dehumidifier or air out your house for a few minutes each day.

Understanding condensation is just the beginning to keeping your home at ideal comfort. If you have any questions about condensation and whether your replacement windows and doors are doing their jobs well, give Pella Windows and Doors in Grand Rapids a call or stop by the showroom.