After last week’s winter storm brought record-breaking cold temperatures to Georgia and other states up and down the East Coast, you may have noticed a hazy fog forming on the inside of your home’s windows. This is a common phenomenon during the winter, when warm indoor air comes in contact with cold windows and causes condensation to form on the glass. If left unchecked, this condensation can contribute to mold growth around window sills. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to prevent fog buildup on your windows this season.
Ventilate and Circulate Indoor Air
Fog is more likely to develop when the air in your home becomes humid and stagnant. Ceiling fans and exhaust vents can help to circulate indoor air and prevent excessive moisture buildup. Be sure to run your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans when you shower and cook, and consider installing a ceiling fan in rooms with windows that are particularly prone to fogging.
Check Your Dryer Vent
If your dryer vent is inadequate or obstructed, it can allow moisture from your dryer to build up and form condensation on windows and walls. Check your dyer’s ventilation duct to make sure there are no kinks or obstructers that might prevent hot, humid air from getting through. You should also check the wall vent outside your home for obstructions as well.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Some homes are more susceptible to moisture buildup than others. If you find that your home is persistently humid in the winter, you might want to consider using a dehumidifier to remove excess water from the air. This will not only prevent window fogging, but also make your home more comfortable throughout the season.