How Does Double Glazing Prevent Condensation?
According to Wikipedia, “Condensation is the change of the physical state of matter from gas phase into liquid phase, and is the reverse of evaporation.”
Let’s try translating that into everyday English, and apply it to our homes…
Condensation occurs when moist air comes in contact with a colder surface.
We all know what condensation looks like.
- We see it when our bathroom mirror fogs up
- We see it when we defrost some food in the kitchen
- We see it when our cold drink glass floods our table with water
- It’s one of the reasons drink coasters were invented
- If we’re really unlucky, we see it inside our windows
What Causes Condensation?
High levels of indoor moisture are caused by a variety of factors, including
- Evaporation from cooking
- Steam from showering
- Running your dishwasher
- Clothes dryers that are not vented to the outside
- Air drying clothes inside
- Fish tanks
- Even breathing. Yes. breathing- you, your family, even your pets!
What Damage Can Condensation On A Window Cause?
If condensation is forming on your windows, and running down the walls, it could
- Cause discoloration, staining, peeling wallpaper and blistering paint
- Damage your curtains
- Be rotting your window frame, your wall material, your architrave or your floor
- Encourage mold or mildew, which can cause health problems and house damage
- Cause the air to smell musty
How Does Double Glazing Prevent Condensation Forming?
Leading Australian Architect, Ric Butt, says
“The most fantastic thing about double glazing is that it virtually eliminates condensation from housing in winter, so no dampness or mould.”
“Because double glazing is a great thermal insulator, as is the uPVC framing we use, the inside glass maintains a much higher temperature than a single pane would. Quite simply, with double glazing, the inside pane doesn’t get cold, and so no moisture condenses out on it.
What Can I Do To Reduce Condensation In My Home?
Australian Government: 10 Tips To Reduce Condensation In Your Home.
Here are a few ideas to reduce condensation in your home.
- Install a rangehood over your cooking area, and vent it to the outside
- Install an exhaust fan in the bathroom
- Make sure your clothes dryer vents to the outside, or close off the laundry while it’s running, and open a door or window
- Air dry your clothes outside if possible
- Gas cooking produces moisture that electric and microwave cooking does not
- Stop breathing. No, we’re kidding about that!
Installing double-glazed windows and doors will help prevent the problems of condensation in your home. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a no-obligation free quote contact us, or simply just give us a call on 1300 733 429.