Clean, condensation-free windows can make any home or business look brighter, and constantly having to get condensation and mildew cleaned off the windows is a pain. Window condensation may seem like a baffling sort of problem at first, unless you know what causes it, why it's a problem, and how to keep it from happening. Here are three steps to keep your windows from gathering condensation that can later lead to rot, mildew, and other problems.
1. Dehumidify your air
Running a dehumidifier near the problem windows can help reduce the humidity levels in the air so that the moisture isn't so eager to condense on every cold object it finds. Keeping the overall humidity in your home or business relatively low is a good idea, too. The warmer and wetter your indoor air is, the faster it will condense on cool surfaces such as windows and basement walls, where it can lead to mold problems.
2. Move air away from windows
Of course you can't actually keep air from touching windows, but you can keep the air moving around the room so that it doesn't pool by windows and cool down until it loses the ability to hold moisture (which is what causes condensation to form). You can use ceiling fans, box fans, and the fan settings on your central heating or AC to keep the air moving around the room. You'll also need to keep anything away from the windows that could block airflow. This includes not only drapes and curtains but also screens, furniture, and other large items.
3. Insulate windows
Weatherstripping is an important energy-saving measure, and you should check windows at least once per year to make sure they get re-caulked when they need it. But insulating the windows themselves, perhaps with a layer of bubble wrap, is a very easy DIY project and one that can reduce the difference in temperature between the window surface and the indoor air temperature. If you run a business and bubble wrap doesn't look professional enough for you, you can have special insulating window film installed. This, again, reduces the likelihood that the window surface will cool air down enough to pull condensation out of it.
These three steps will help you keep your windows at a similar temperature to the room and ensure that they're less likely to interact with the indoor air in such a way as to pull condensation from it. If you do notice mold or condensation forming, contact a company like Exclusive Window Cleaning sooner rather than later.