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You wake up in the morning, brew a cup of your favorite coffee, and glance out the window to check the weather. But you can’t see anything. Your view is obscured by a layer of moisture clinging to the window glass.

Is that rain? Ice? Snow?

Nope. It’s just condensation.

You wipe it away from your window with a towel, but it’s back again the next morning. How are you supposed to get rid of this stubborn water?

We’ve put together this guide to help. Keep reading below to learn why you get foggy windows and what to do about them.

Why Do My Windows Steam Up?

The air inside your house is full of moisture from your showers, cooking, and even breathing. On top of this, the air inside your house is also warm. The air outside your home, on the other hand, is often cold, especially during the winter season.

This causes the glass in your windows to be cold on one side and warm on the other. When the warm, moist air inside your home hits the cold surface of the window, it creates condensation.

You might not have to worry about your windows steaming up like this if you have double-pane windows (because of the extra insulation), but it’s common for homes with single-pane windows. That said, old double-pane windows can start to fog up over time as well.

Is Condensation on Windows a Problem?

That depends.

A small amount of condensation isn’t a big issue. It will likely dissolve on its own, and you might not even notice it’s there. Excessive amounts of moisture gathering on your window, though, can turn into a serious issue. This moisture can lead to the growth of black mold, which can cause health concerns like:

  • Headaches
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Asthma
  • Skin rashes
  • Body aches
  • Memory loss (in serious cases)
  • Changes in mood (in serious cases)

If you live with a person who already has preexisting respiratory problems, black mold can be even more dangerous for them. It’s important to remove any black mold right away and take the necessary measure to stop it from coming back again in the future.

If you’re living in a home with single-pane windows, it might be time to upgrade to windows with better insulation. For homes that already have double-pane windows, you might need to invest in foggy window repair. This might involve replacing your double-pane windows if they’ve reached the end of their lifespan.

Simply leaving condensation on your windows isn’t an option unless you want to put your health at risk.

How to Prevent Foggy Windows

Before you grab a towel and wipe that condensation away, fill up a bucket with equal parts warm water and white vinegar then add a few drops of dish soap. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it over the surface of your window glass. You can also use a clean cloth to spread it over the window’s surface.

After this, use a dry cloth to wipe all the moisture away. This will get rid of the water and any mold spores or other bacteria that have built up inside it. Then let the window air dry the rest of the way.

While this will clear up the glass, it won’t prevent the moisture from coming back again later. To keep the condensation at bay, make sure you try the following methods below.

Turn on the Fans

The next time you take a shower or do some cooking in the kitchen, turn on the fan. Let the fan run while you’re showing or cooking and then for another 15 to 20 minutes after you’ve finished. This will help remove some moisture from the air so it doesn’t turn to condensation on your windows overnight.

Let in the Breeze

One of the best ways to prevent moisture from gathering on your windows overnight is to let in a fresh breeze. You can do this by keeping one or two of your windows open a crack while you’re sleeping. However, you may not be able to do this during the cold season without keeping your HVAC system running, which will both waste money and defeat the purpose.

Only leave a window open if it is warm enough to do so.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

Buy a dehumidifier (or, depending on the size of your home, more than one) to remove some of that extra moisture from the air. You can turn your dehumidifier on and leave it running overnight without any risk to your health. It can prevent your windows from fogging up, and it may even be able to relieve any cold symptoms you’re experiencing during the winter months.

Keep in mind, though, dehumidifiers can be noisy. If you’re a light sleeper, you might want to buy a model that has a quiet mode so you aren’t kept up at night.

How to Put an End to Foggy Windows for Good

The methods mentioned above can help prevent foggy windows during the winter, but they might not be able to get rid of them permanently. If you’re tired of wiping water off your windows every morning, it’s time to talk to a professional.

Our team at Window Medics will take a look at your windows and recommend the best upgrade or solution for your needs. Make sure you get in touch with us today to get rid of that condensation once and for all.

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