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Understanding Window Condensation

Although condensation is traditionally part of the much larger water cycle, it can also happen on a much smaller scale. This is because as a result of the water cycle, water is everywhere regardless of whether it's visible. That means that condensation can occur anywhere, be it a refreshing can of cold soda, your bathroom during a relaxing shower, or your windows on a brisk day.

What Is Condensation?
Condensation is the process of a gas becoming a liquid. Gas and liquid are two of the four natural states of matter. The other two are solid and plasma. Matter is anything that has mass and volume or occupies space. Each of these states are capable of transforming into a different state.

Why Does Window Condensation Occur?
Window condensation takes place when the cool surface of your window panes come into contact with the water vapours outside. The direct and constant exposure of your windows to the outdoors can lead to a buildup of condensation on your windows.

Can Condensation Occur On The Inside Of My Windows?
Interior condensation has been known to happen from time to time. However, in the case of interior condensation, the water vapours responsible are typically inside the home. They can come from the steam from your shower or stove. Worse still, they may be the result of a high level of humidity in your home.

Should Window Condensation Concern Me?
Exterior window condensation should be of minimal concern to homeowners. Not only is it a perfectly natural process, it is also nigh impossible to prevent. However, interior window condensation should raise some red flags because it can lead to the growth of mold and mildew inside your home. Mold and mildew present serious health risks, including, but not limited to, asthma, allergies, scarring in your lungs, and more. Besides the health risks, interior condensation can also cause water damage to your home. For example, wood products may soften over time and metal products may rust.

You can reduce your risk for mold and water damage to your home by ensuring that your home is properly ventilated and insulated. To learn more about about window condensation, or if you are in need of a window replacement, Hunter Pro Window and Door Company in Toronto can be of assistance. Contact us today to speak with a specialist!

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