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Infographic - What’s to know about Condensation

One of the peskiest visible household maintenance issues homeowners face during the winter months in the Ottawa area is condensation on windows. Although condensation on windows can occur any time of the year under the right conditions, we typically only notice it when it is really cold outside.

Can condenstation appear on windows all year round?

4 Seasons of condensation
Condensation can form on the inside or outside of a window at any time of the year depending on humidity levels, the temperature, and differing environmental conditions both inside and outside a home.

Best humidity & temperature levels for winter

thermo-hygrometer
Home interior temperature and relative humidity is often a matter of personal preference, however, exceeding recommended levels can lead to health issues in your home.

Today’s window technology fights the climate

What does it take in today’s window technology to become a climate fighter?
Windows are an important element in the passive solar management of your home, potentially providing heating, cooling, and lighting. How efficiently they do this can have a profound effect on your home energy costs. There are a lot of things a window manufacturer can do to make windows more efficient, but it's up to you to decide which ones are worth the cost.

What causes window condensation?

Condensation is a visible condition that can be characterized by fogging and ice formation on the inside of windows. In Ontario, we most often see condensation on windows in extreme temperatures during the winter months.

Will new windows solve your condensation problems?

If you've taken the recommended steps to reduce the humidity in your home and continue to experience condensation problems, other problems may exist.

Why should you take condesation seriously?

Ice buildup on patio door due to condensation - hard wood floor damage
It's easy to ignore the effects of condensation on windows, after all what's a little water? Although sometimes it looks like nothing is happening, it is only a matter of time before the compounding little droplets of water make their way into places you cannot see.

How to prevent condensation problems

Three steps that you can take to try prevent condensation issues from occurring in your home.

It's not always your window's fault.