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January 2018

How to prevent condensation on your windows

Cold snaps often lead to condensation and a layer of ice forming on windows. It's a phenomenon that happens when the temperature drops quickly, creating a sharp contrast between the inside of your home and the coldest parts, like windows and doors. So unless you like looking through hazy (and eventually mouldy) windows, here are a few things you can try that will help you keep your windows perfectly transparent.


  1. Don't keep too many plants in your home.
  2. Despite the appeal of a long hot shower on freezing cold mornings, keep your shower time short—it means you'll be releasing less steam into the air.
  3. Always use your kitchen fan when you heat up a bite to eat, and turn on the bathroom fan when you shower.
  4. Make sure your dryer's exhaust duct is properly attached and that hot air is being drawn out of your home.
  5. Check heating vents to make sure there's nothing blocking them.
  6. Remove the screens from your windows, if you haven't already done so in the fall to prepare your home for winter.
  7. Leave your blinds, shades or curtains partially open at night so that the heat can warm up your windows.
  8. If your windows are very old, have them replaced by windows with energy-efficient glass.

The more you follow these tips, the better your chances of being able to peer out your windows and see what the neighbours are up to. And if despite all your efforts, your windows keep sweating, remember that cold snaps never last very long and things will be back to normal in a few days.

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