Ventilation and Cleaning: Key Steps in Preventing Moisture Build-up in your House’s Windows
Your windows are parts of the house with both functional and aesthetic aspects. They’re functional because they allow protection from draft and offer you views of the outside, and they’re aesthetic because they complement and enhance what you see, that is, the very material and design of your windows visually influences your view.
Since windows are functional parts of the house, they are used every day. It’s no surprise they eventually develop problems. However, not all problems will require a repair man’s service; there are fixes that can be performed without any professional assistance. A little knowledge about common window problems will help you arrive at a better decision. The most common window problem is moisture build-up.
Moisture results from condensation. The latter occurs when warm, moist air comes into contact with a colder surface or cold air. The water vapor in the warm air then condenses as droplets on the cooler surface—the window glass panes.
Moisture usually begins to show on the window’s interior and in-between window panes. Single panel or aluminum-built windows often experience condensation problems; with older dual pane windows, fogging occurs between the glass panes, indicating that the seal between panes has broken. When this happens, it becomes necessary to replace the pane or restore the seal.
While the presence of moisture might occasionally require a repairman’s service, a number of Los Angeles window repair experts suggest using simple but effective ways to prevent or reduce moisture build-up. Condensation occurs due to water vapor being trapped indoors. With proper ventilation, moist is allowed to escape. Since moisture comes from areas of the house where water is heavily used (i.e. bathroom, kitchen), it is strongly advised that you open your windows and doors while bathing or cooking to prevent the trapping of moisture.
Often, high humidity is compounded by the presence of dirt in the air; this is particularly true in places with heavy industries. The moisture acts like a glue, sticking the dirt to the exterior surface of the window panes. According to a Los Angeles window repair company, cleaning from inside is now possible using tilt-in sash window panes; here, you can just tilt the sash inward and start cleaning.
If left alone, stains from moisture can eventually prove too difficult to remove through simple cleaning methods. So, if you think removing those stains in your windows will prove too difficult, then consider the kind of window repair Los Angeles residents use for their homes. You can learn more about other common window problems on andersenwindows.com and ehow.com.
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