Your business's exterior makes a statement; it can say that you're professional, passionate, and serious about making the best impression possible. Or it can say that you just don't care.
Along with a well-manicured exterior area, clear and clean windows show your clients and customers that you care. It also displays your attention to detail and your drive to be the very best that you can be. But if your windows are dirty, covered in moisture or foggy, it can look like you don't take your business seriously.
Even though you might clean your windows (or have them professionally cleaned) often, other issues can cause problems. One of the major concerns when it comes to windows, their appearance, and their function is condensation. If you're worried about how a condensation problem will affect your business, take a look a what you need to know about this window woe.
It Can Cause Future Problems
Water on your windows doesn't just look bad in the present. If it sits on your business building's windows long enough, mold can grow, and wood can rot. This results in aesthetic issues and safety concerns. Moisture sitting on a surface can invite a mold infestation — and in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
A moldy commercial space isn't just unsightly; it's a health hazard. Mold can cause allergies to flare, trigger asthmatic reactions, result in other respiratory issues, or give your employees (or customers) a skin irritation. None of these are acceptable in the workplace.
Not only can excessive moisture, in the form of window condensation, cause health problems, it can also result in structural or property damage. When moisture sits on your windows and starts sliding downwards, it can warp wood or ruin anything else that it leaks onto.
The problems that a condensation-covered window can cause are reasons to call in a professional. If you're not sure why the window is constantly covered in moisture, or it's causing other problems, a glass or window contractor can evaluate the situation and recommend a repair or replacement.
It Might Not Be Your Windows
There are many different reasons for condensation happening. In some cases, the windows aren't the culprit. Interior condensation (condensation that is only on the interior pane of the window) can result from an overly humid indoor environment. If you have a humidifier running or your office/business space is too hot (and has very little ventilation), you may start to see condensation forming on the windows.
When humidity is too blame for the condensation, blaming the windows won't help. Instead, you need to focus on using a dehumidifier to remove the moisture problem. This will then reduce the risk of window condensation issues.
Other ways to fix non-window-related condensation include using fans to circulate the air, open the windows (if possible) and raising the window temperature. Extremely cold windows contacting warm indoor air is a recipe for condensation problems.
It Can Happen In Between Panes
Condensation doesn't only strike one side of the window. If your business has multi-pane windows, it's possible for a moisture problem to creep up on the inside.
Multi-pane windows are energy-efficient, keeping out the winter-time cols and the summer-time heat. They help the building's HVAC system work with less force, insulating the windows spaces. But when the seal on the glass breaks, humid air can get in-between the panes of glass and cause condensation inside of your windows.
When condensation creeps up inside of the window, you need expert help. A professional window contractor can replace the glass or the entire window, depending on the extent of the issue.
Do you have a window condensation problem? Hoosier Glass Co. can help.