condensation


  • During the first heating season, you will probably notice moisture condensation on your windows, and other surfaces directly exposed to outside air.
  • Condensation in new homes is generally not serious but is at its maximum during the first heating season.
  • When your home was built, literally gallons of water went into it...into the concrete, the lumber, the tile work, the paint and so on.
  • When your heating system is put into operation for the first time, it tends to draw moisture out of the lumber, masonry and other construction materials.
  • When the moisture-laden air meets a cold surface, especially window glass, condensation occurs.
  • It is important that this moisture be wiped away from the windows to prevent permanent damage to the window sash and finish.
  • Generally, during your second heating season, your home will have "cured" to the extent condensation will no longer be a problem.
  • The amount of condensation will depend a great deal upon your living habits, such as the amount of cooking, bathing, washing, etc., that is done in the home.
  • Do not let the condensation disturb you, but see that ventilation is provided whenever possible to bring this normal drying-out process to its conclusion as steadily as possible.
  • It is desirable to have outside venting for kitchen, bath and utility areas.
  • Do not, however, try to accelerate the process by creating extremely high heating temperature; it will only lead to an uneven drying which will exaggerate the effect of normal shrinkage.