Keep Your Windows Clean and Safe This Winter

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Have you ever noticed tiny water droplets or frost formation on your windows? This is due to excess humidity in your home, which you should address before it causes water damage. Keep your windows clean and protected this winter by following these simple but effective tips.

Keep Your Windows Clean and Safe This Winter 

Frost

Keep windows and sliding glass doors from frosting over by simply washing with a solution of one quart warm water and one-half cup rubbing alcohol. (Huffington Post)

 

Soot or Dirt

If you have a fireplace or burn candles in your home, a thin film of soot may build up on your windows, in addition to the dirt that accumulates with everyday activity. Easily wipe away dirt, soot, and smears with a natural solution of vinegar and water.

 

Condensation

Condensation on windows is common in the wintertime. Condensation often forms when the home contains excess moisture. The moisture that condenses on your windows can have several different sources. By tracking down which areas are producing the excess moisture, you will be able to address the problem and potentially eliminate the condensation. 

Note: Excess moisture is one of a home’s worst enemies. Condensation on windows, if not addressed, can damage wooden window frames and lead to rotting and mold problems. Excess humidity in the home can also lead to attic condensation and ice dams. When warm, humid air from below rises up to the top of the house, and your attic and roof aren’t insulated and ventilated properly, serious damage can result.

 

Ways to Reduce Moisture Levels in Your Home:

Turn on your bathroom exhaust fans when running hot water, whether it is for bathing, showering, or simply washing your face and hands. Leave the fan on for at least 30 minutes after you’re finished showering or bathing to get the indoor humidity levels back to normal. Turn on kitchen exhaust fans while cooking or boiling water.

Keep your vents open throughout the home so the air can circulate properly. Closing vents in the house will only damage your system and reduce ventilation, allowing moisture and condensation to form more easily.

Don’t lower indoor temperatures too much during the winter. When you lower the temperature suddenly while the air contains the same amount of humidity, the colder air is unable to hold the moisture, and condensation is produced.

On warmer days, when outdoor temperatures are higher, open a window to release some of the hot, humid air and to draw in some cool, dry air. 

Run ceiling fans throughout the home in the clockwise direction to push warm air that has risen to the ceiling back down into the room and across windows. The air flowing past the windows will help evaporate any moisture. Open any curtains or blinds so windows can have direct access to the airflow.

If you see moisture on your windows or window frames, wipe it off immediately. You don’t want it to drip down into the frame or wall and cause rotting and mold. 

 

If you have any questions about Hedrick Construction’s energy efficient windows, or our roofing, gutter, or siding products and services in Huxley, Ames, and Ankeny, Iowa, feel free to call 515-597-7663 or fill out our online form by clicking on the button below. Now is a great time to schedule spring appointments to beat the rush after the cold season.

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