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Why Are Your Windows “Sweating” During Summer?

The summer season can make your body sweat, especially when the weather is humid. But did you know that your windows may also “sweat?” It sure seems like it, but that’s actually condensation in action. Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City and Central Missouri explains what it is and what it means.

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What Is Condensation?

Condensation occurs as a result of temperature differences between the indoors and outdoors. In summer, “sweating” happens on the window glass when hot outdoor air comes up against windows cooled by the air conditioner. The hotter side, which is the window exterior, has water droplets form on the surface of the glass.

Is This Normal?

As a homeowner, you might be wondering whether it is a cause for concern or a normal occurrence. Most of the time, it isn’t a problem. When the extreme summer heat subsides later in the day, the condensation will fade, and you will have a clear view again. If the droplets are keeping you from seeing what’s outside, you can wipe them away using a dry, clean cloth.

What Can You Do to Lessen Condensation?

Fortunately, there are ways you can minimize condensation from forming on your windows this summer.  Consider raising your thermostat’s settings. That way, your home won’t be so cold that it generates window condensation. You can also have exterior shutters installed so your windows will be covered from the extreme heat outside.

What Should You Do if Window Condensation Stays for Too Long?

Condensation will stay on your windows for a few hours at a time and clear away on its own. However, if you notice that the water droplets remain for longer than a day and your windows start smelling stale, there may be a problem with the seals. To find out if that is indeed the case, get in touch with Renewal by Andersen of Kansas and Central Missouri as soon as possible. Call (913) 956-0887 or fill out our contact form for a consultation. We serve clients in Olathe and nearby areas.

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