Dealing with condensation and double glazing

If you have recently had double glazing in Milton Keynes installed, or even if you have an older set of windows, you will have probably noticed condensation forming on the inner pane and dripping down the frame and onto the window sill. Although it isn’t the most formidable challenge modern homeowners face, condensation left untouched can become a problem, so this article aims to explain why it occurs and the steps you can take to counteract condensation.

How does condensation form?

In a nutshell, condensation is the formation of water from warm moist air when it comes into contact with a cold surface. When the warm air full of water vapour from your kitchen or bathroom travels to your double glazing, it passes through the first pane, slowly makes its way through the argon gas but hits a buffer at the cold exterior pane. As the air can’t pass through completely, it’s conducted back into the room, and the inability of cold air to hold water in a gaseous form creates water droplets. Over time, these water deposits from the air moving back through the double glazing build beads of condensation on the inside of your window. One of the positives of this scenario is that it demonstrates that your double glazing in Milton Keynes is working as it should. On the other hand, it also suggests you have excessive moisture in your home and need to find ways to reduce it.

Why you should reduce condensation on your windows

One of the primary considerations for reducing condensation on double glazing in Milton Keynes is your health. Exorbitant amounts of condensation can promote the growth of mould, which can significantly impact respiratory soundness if left untreated. A little less dramatic but still important is the long-term condition of your windows. Condensation can damage frames and cause seals and double-sided tape to perish early in its lifespan, leading to premature and unnecessary repairs.

How to prevent large scale condensation on your double glazing in Milton Keynes

To get to grips with condensation collecting on your glass and window frames, you need to reduce the amount of moisture in the home, and there are several methods for doing so:

  • Ensuring all of your rooms are well ventilated is a straightforward and quick action everyone can take. By opening your windows for a small period each day, you will allow any excess moisture to flow through to the outside. Most modern double glazing systems now incorporate trickle vents to reduce condensation.
  • Using a dehumidifier should be a guaranteed way to remove moisture from the air in your home and minimise the risk of condensation forming.
  • When drying laundry, if you can’t utilise an outdoor area, ensure that your clothes are drying in a well-ventilated room to allow all that moisture to escape.
  • Whenever you are cooking, running a bath, or using the shower, turn on the extractor fan to remove any wet air from the room.

Contact Chiltern Home Improvements for any ongoing issues with condensation on your double glazing and you would like an expert to assess it for you.