It is that time of the year again when we start worrying about condensation and moisture buildup all around our houses and the garage. In this useful and informational article, we are going to share tips and tricks regarding Winter Shutter and Window Maintenance.
The best that you can do is avoid moisture buildup within your houses, but that is not always the case. We take baths and showers in the washrooms, and also, we do cooking in the kitchen and the biggest culprit laundry; all these activities cause moisture and condensation. Windows and shutters are the most affected because they are in direct contact with the cold air outside.
Also, most of our laundry, washing machines, and dryers are located in the basements. Basements aren’t well ventilated, and in winters, we tend to keep all the windows shut, which causes even more moisture.
This moisture causes mold, corrosion, and discoloration of windows, shutters, tiles, and wood panels. Below are our tips on how to take care of your shutters and windows during the winters.
Avoid moisture buildup:
Try to minimize the accumulation of moisture. It is not impossible to do. When you are showering, and bathing crack the ventilator or window open. This will allow the steam to escape, and your windows and shutters will remain condensation free.
Similarly, run an exhaust fan in the kitchen while cooking. We do not realize it but frying and cooking both can lead to a lot of moisture and condensation. Running an exhaust fan will suck all the moist air outside, and the chances of condensation on windows and shutters will reduce a lot.
Most of the moisture is caused by doing laundry indoors. Whether your machine is fixed in the garage, the basement, or in the corner of your house, water is going to evaporate. Drying clothes also release lots of moisture. To avoid extended damage to the windows and shutters in your laundry room, make sure to install an exhaust vent or fan and use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will circulate the moist air and extract and release all the moisture in it in a tray, which you can drain later.
Clean and pat dry your windows and shutters:
The next useful method for Winter Shutter and Window Maintenance is to clean and keep dry your windows and shutters. Once every 3 or 4 days or once a week, clean your windows and shutters with a micro-fiber cloth. This will dry out all the moisture and condensation on your windows and shutters. If you have a feather duster, dust off the shutters before using the cloth to clean and dry them thoroughly.
Adjust heating indoors:
Condensation forms when there is a difference in temperature between the indoors and outdoors. Avoid setting your heating on very high. Lowering your heat a few degrees will have a big difference in condensation and also lower your bills. We are not recommending that you make your homes uncomfortable to live in. However, a couple of degrees less heat will definitely reduce the moisture buildup.
Use moisture trappers and defrosting solutions:
Humidity and moisture are common problems in older homes. Whether it be moisture due to a leak in the foundation or humidity because the dryer is venting inside, you must fix it. For insight into how to start and deal with that process, here is some information on controlling moisture and humidity.
Some windows may have more moisture buildup than others. We recommend using moisture trappers. Moisture trappers will trap excess moisture and, when combined with good care practices as mentioned above, will help reduce any damage.
If there is a lot of fluctuations in the outside temperature, you can use a defrosting solution or a defogging spray on your windows. Using the defrosting solution and defogging spray along with moisture trappers will reduce condensation and reduce moisture damage.