Many Canadians are used to seeing condensation on their windows or walls during the winter. Frost on door windows is especially common. But what causes this condensation to form? And can it be more problematic than it first seems?
Water in air condenses easily from a gas into a liquid when exposed to a cold surface, and this doesn’t just include the walls or windows where you see water droplets either. Poor insulation can also lead to condensation happening on the wood foundation of your floor. Water condensing under the layer of carpet or other decorative flooring surfaces is especially common near the doorway or windows. The water droplets are then absorbed by the flooring. The constant supply of water and food (from the wood or carpet fibers) creates the perfect habitat for mould. Similarly, water may be condensing inside the walls near your windows, and drywall and insulation both provide an excellent food source for mould as well.
Better Insulation is one of the best ways to prevent condensation due to cold. If you’ve invested in excellent windows and doors, the walls and floor around them shouldn’t be significantly colder than the rest of the home. This means water will stay in the air where it belongs. Better insulation also has the added benefit of lowering your utility bills.
Prevent Excess Water in the Air. The other way you can help prevent condensation from forming is by limiting the amount of water in the air. While the Albertan climate is pretty dry (and winter especially thanks to interior heating), chores like cooking, laundry, showering, and more can lead to extra water evaporating into the air and then condensing onto the colder surfaces.
When it comes to preventing mould growth, managing humidity in your home is the first step. The experts at Amity Environmental can help provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure moisture doesn’t build up in your home. We’re also here to help if it’s already too late and mould growth has already begun. Give us a call today!