For a country like Canada, where it’s very common for temperatures to drop below the dew point, fogged up windows are a common sight.
Even in fall, when you turn the heating system on, it’s common to see condensation on the windows. This moisture can be a great source of annoyance from a cleaning and aesthetic perspective. But to solve the problem, you first need to understand where it comes from.
What causes fog on windows?
Water vapour is invisible. When it condenses on the surface of glass, windows fog up. While condensation happens on most surfaces, it’s more prominent on windows because glass provides a colder surface. Warmer air tends to have more moisture content. When heating systems give off warm air, this combination of high moisture and the cold glass surface causes condensation.
Here are a few ways you can overcome the problem:
1. Limit moisture levels
Waters takes many forms. This includes vapour, fog, moisture, and steam. Common household mistakes that can lead to moisture problems include a damp basement, plumbing leaks, and mould growth. Try and limit these possibilities as much as you can. One way to do so is to seal basement walls and floors and making sure the drainage system is working fine.
Other than that, keeping the fan on in the winter or use a dehumidifier to cut down on moisture levels a great deal. Dehumidifiers are not only quiet, but also energy efficient.
2. Window replacement
Although all of these measures are effective, they only provide a temporary fix. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, then the only way out is to get your windows replaced. This is because continuous water retention can cause long-term damage to windows. This weakens their overall structure and can often lead to chipped and broken glass. If condensation takes place between the two panes, your window may also become leaky. Window panes are at a greater risk of damage because of fog if they’ve been around for 15+ years.
Are you tired of trying all sorts of remedies of fogged up windows? Get in touch with Crystal Glass Canada. We offer a wide range of glass repair and replacement services for both residential and commercial clients. Contact now for a free quote.