Though many factors contribute to your home’s health and structural integrity, a few things, like taking a shower or poor window seals, can become signs of trouble. How do these two things relate? Sweaty windows. Below we discuss how you can manage this issue and what it may mean for your home and family.
The Real Reason Behind the Sweat
When homeowners see pesky sweat rolling down their windows, they cringe and snarl as they wipe it away. Unfortunately, simply wiping it away only resolves the issues at the moment and does not address the root cause. If you don’t do a thorough investigation, the problem can grow worse or lead to other issues inside the home.
Most often, your home’s windows are sweating due to condensation, and it’s vital to know what is and isn’t normal with window condensation to address the root cause. Any time you wipe away the sweat and notice an immediate or lingering reappearance, it’s essential to seek professional help.
Internal Climate Controls Can Help
In some cases, turning to your home’s interior climate control settings can resolve the issue or stop the sweating. It might be a sign of excess humidity in your home, sometimes caused by the shower running near the window.
If you notice the issue dissipate after about 30 minutes, you may be in the clear to go about your business without concern. But if you notice the entire home with sweaty windows and no signs of a shower person, consider adjusting the internal climate control. This will help you determine if you need to install a dehumidifier. When all these tactics fail, it’s best to consider a total window replacement.
Consider a Total Window Replacement
When the short-term solutions no longer resolve the sweating, you may need to invest in a total window replacement. The seals around the glass panes could be leaking or experiencing a malfunction, in addition to the windows being older than ideal for optimal performance.
The average age of a home’s windows depends greatly on the materials used, but typically, you can expect the windows to last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If you don’t invest in new windows and the sweating persists, you risk mold, mildew, or poor home air issues that could affect every member of your family.
It’s tough to navigate home upgrades, but it’s much easier to reach a viable solution when you understand the potential health risks and the long-term value. Sweating on your home’s windows is a nuisance, and while it’s not always avoidable, it’s easy to fix and can dramatically impact your overall property value.