Often times I work with homeowners who aren’t 100% sure how taking care of a home can help create a positive indoor environment. They might know the basics, like keeping it clean, but they many times ask me HOW they can make their space healthier. Obviously there are so many aspects of home maintenance and care that come into play, but one I like to give a decent amount of focus to is windows. And more specifically, I like to talk about windows in terms of the condensation that forms on the interior.
You may be wondering WHY this has anything to do with a healthy house, but the truth is it has A LOT to do with the indoor air quality inside.
If windows continually have condensation sitting on the sill, whether it be wood, vinyl or aluminum, the water creates a ripple effect in the quality of indoor air. First, the water sitting on the sill is damaging to the window casing. If it’s a wood window, you may notice the stain and varnish start to deteriorate rather quickly. Once that protective varnish is gone the risk of damaging the actual wood becomes very serious.
Wood is a natural food source for mold, and once mold has started on the window it can become nearly impossible to completely remove it. The maintenance that’s involved in wood windows that have condensation can be a long, tedious set of tasks.
The second way that condensation on windows affects your home’s health is by the water on the window raising your indoor humidity. If you’ve been around my site you know that indoor humidity can affect things like dust mite reproduction, mold growth and toxin off-gassing and the overall health of your indoor air. When indoor humidity is too high, the negative effects on the indoor air quality begin to take place.
So you can see that keeping condensation off of windows, especially in bathrooms and bedrooms is extremely important to the health of a home’s indoor environment. But how can you stop this from happening? Below are 10 easy, inexpensive ways you can try to fix the condensation on your own windows.
Most of us are always looking for a few good ways to keep our hard earned money in our pockets. And what if there were a way to save money that improved your health and well-being as well as your quality of life? I know I’d jump on board. A lot of the time this means giving something up like junk food, sugar, eating out, etc. But today, I’m proposing some tangible ways you can improve the quality of your home environment as well as saving money.
A healthy home environment is incredibly important to the quality of our lives. After all, the products and materials we surround ourselves with will eventually end up affecting our health and well-being. By making some changes to your house and house habits this year, you can greatly influence the health of your body and your family’s bodies as well as save a little bit of money in the long run.