Your home’s windows are one of the first lines of defenses against the elements, and can have a huge impact on everything from the household budget to the comfort of guests. One way windows can cause problems is when moisture accumulates and is left unchecked. However, not all moisture is a cause for concern, here’s how to tell when you should or shouldn’t worry about your home’s windows.

Moisture at the Bottom

In the event, you notice water droplets accumulating at the bottom of your window, the cause is likely humidity. The humidity inside the home can condensate on the glass when there is a major temperature difference between the inside air and the outdoor air. If indoor humidity is causing the moisture on your double-pane windows, simply adjusting your humidifier can correct the problem. 

Water on the Outside of the Window

Being the barrier between your home and the elements, windows often can have water settle on the outside of the glass. When you notice this type of accumulation, there is little to worry about. Likely, the cause is from rain, dew, or humidity condensation. 

When to Worry About Window Moisture

Most of the time signs of moisture on windows do not indicate that there is a problem; however, homeowners should pay close attention to the moisture in case it indicates a problem. 

  • Moisture Inside a Double-Pane Window – When moisture accumulates between the panes of a double-pane window the thermal barrier is compromised, reducing the efficiency of the window. This can cause a spike in energy consumption and a decrease in the comfort of the room. 
  • Moisture Located in One Spot – Leaking windows often cause wet spots along the window sill. Generally, these spots are concentrated in a single area of the window frame. The water stain will grow over time, and if left unfixed can create several problems for homeowners.

If your windows show signs that there is a problem, such as moisture inside a double-pane window, or water marks staining the sill or frame, then it’s very important to correct the issue before it can cause unnecessary damage. When left alone, water can rot wooden frames and encourage mold growth inside the walls. When putting up your Napa property for sale, it is important to avoid such water damage to windows and your home.

Replacing the window can save you a lot of money in the long run. Not only will it protect your largest asset from expensive repairs, but it will also reduce energy bills.

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