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Foggy Windows: How to Prevent Condensation on Windows

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Window fogginess is just one of the many minor annoyances you could be dealing with especially during the winter season. Foggy window is caused by condensation. Condensation is caused by the sudden changes in the indoor and outdoor temperature and moisture in the air. For instance, exhaling on a glass window on a cold day will fog up the glass surface. Regardless if you are dealing with indoor or outdoor fogginess, these simple tricks should eliminate unwanted condensation on glass windows:

Avoid Dampness

The culprit behind condensation is moist air. When cool temperature and humid air meets, moisture start accumulating on any surface. To avoid condensation, do not introduce dampness into your space. For instance, if you are driving and you are trying to avoid window condensation, do not bring in damp clothes and other items inside the vehicle. Rather, deposit these items to the back of the car. If it is snowing, remove the snow on your boots before swinging your legs in.

Wash Your Windows

This is a no-brainer; a dirty window can turn into a foggy mess during the cooler months! The dust and debris on the surface of the window make it easier to hold on to moisture. The result? Very foggy windows!

We recommend cleaning your windows regularly to avoid condensation. And you don’t just clean the interiors of the windows but the exterior too. We recommend using a window cleaner and a dry piece of cloth to wipe the glass surface clean.

Clean Smartly

Do not just smear the glass with a cloth to wipe off condensation. Smearing the glass won’t do much in terms of keeping the glass from fogging over. Instead of wiping the glass, set your blower on high to regulate the heat. The blower should warm up the windows, eliminating condensation. From there, you can start cleaning the surface.

Ventilation is equally important if you are trying to eliminate condensation from your car windows. Instead of turning on the ignition and allow the air to go on full blast on the window, switch off the flower for a few minutes. This will warm up the windows a little. Then, turn on the AC to redistribute the air.

Air Out Your Space

To eliminate damp air that’s causing window fogginess, you have to let fresh air in. You can do that by setting your AC to recirculate the air and redistribute the moisture in the air. All that breathing and sweating add more moisture to the air so by opening your AC, the air and temperature remain at a regulated state.  You can also use a dehumidifier to keep damp air at bay. We recommend a dehumidifier made without calcium dichloride to avoid salt buildup that could damage upholstery or metal parts.

Check for Air Leaks

Air leaks cause an imbalanced indoor temperature, which leads to condensation. To avoid window fogginess, start hunting down leaks all over your home or vehicle. If your vehicle is having condensation issues, let a mechanic check for leaks. You can also ask for recommendations to seal the windows and door.

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