Is Condensation on Windows Bad?

Condensation on Denver windows might be a common sight for many homeowners, but where that condensation appears could be an indication of trouble. Condensation can appear on the inside of the window, on the outside of the window, or between the glass itself on structures like double-paned glass windows.

You likely don’t have to worry about condensation that’s on the outside of the window, as this can happen when the air on the outside of the house is a higher temperature than the glass of the window. This type of external condensation is actually an indication that your windows are sealed properly and are insulating your home. However, the other types of condensation might be an indication of something else going on.

Condensation on the Inside of the Window

Condensation is moisture, and its presence on the inside of the window means the humidity is too high in the area of the window. This can be caused by simple day-to-day things – such as steam coming from the kitchen, or from a shower. However, If the window isn’t originating from one of those situations, it could be that the humidity is simply too high in your home. If that’s the case, there may be an issue with the ventilation system of your home – since the window is keeping your home sealed.

This elevated humidity inside your home can cause condensation to form, but that could lead to the formation of mold. Mildew or mold can cause physical health problems, and the excess moisture can also damage the components of the window. Too much moisture can lead to the deterioration of wooden parts of the window, and can corrode the metallic components. This makes getting to the root cause of this condensation imperative, as mold can grow and spread.

Condensation Between Panes of Glass

Double-pane windows are insulated glass units that feature a pair of panes of glass. Between those panes is a space filled with argon gas that blocks heat, while allowing the visible light to pass through. If condensation is appearing between panes, it means that the seal for the insulated glass has become compromised. It’s this seal that allows the double-paned window to properly insulate your home, and that gas between the panes is not supposed to come into contact with the outside air.

There are a couple of options when this seal has become compromised. You can get the insulated glass unit replaced, but this takes identifying a manufacturer that can replace the unit properly. You can also replace the entire window. This might be the best option if you notice a number of your windows failing around the same time. That is a good indication that there might be something wrong with the manufacturer, meaning it’s a good time for a change.

There could be a number of things going on if there is condensation on the inside of your window, or between panes of glass. Make sure your home is properly humidified, and if you have more questions, reach out to the window experts at JDI Windows for more information.