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How To Prevent Humidity From Damaging Your Exterior French Doors

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Winter is here! Outside, the temperatures and humidity levels are dropping, but inside your home, the temperature is warm and the air may be relatively moist. It's times like this when condensation can form on your beautiful exterior French doors. Condensation is a nuisance in winter, but more than that, it can damage your doors. Standing water on the interior of the doors can cause the following problems:

  • Wood rot
  • Warping and cracking in the wood
  • A broken seal between the glass and the wood
  • Bubbling paint (if your doors are painted)
  • Mildew or mold

Luckily, condensation is preventable. These tips will help you remove the humidity from your home and stop condensation from forming. 

Adjust the Levels on your Humidifier

Some people use humidifiers in their homes during the winter. While this is not inherently a bad idea, if the setting on your humidifier is too high, the air will become saturated and condensation will form. Lower the setting on your humidifier, and move it away from your French doors--either across the room, or into another part of the house.

If your condensation is excessive, you may even consider switching to a dehumidifier for a little while. Dehumidifiers are expensive, but mini-dehumidifiers are available and may be used in the space around your French doors. 

Open the Doors for a Few Minutes Each Day

Opening your French doors and windows to let in the cold, dry winter air will help you to flush any excess moisture from your house. Open the doors for just a few minutes each day until condensation no longer forms on the inside of the doors. 

Keep the Air Moving

Turn on your ceiling fans and the fan in your heater. Circulating air in your house will help keep things dry. If your French doors lead into your kitchen, you may even consider turning on the vent above the stove for a few minutes each day, just to remove the warm, moist air from the room. 

Keep Plants Away from the Doors

Plants can create micro-climates, trapping humidity in the air beneath their leaves. The moisture in the soil surrounding a plant can raise the humidity levels in the room as well. Consider moving your plants away from your French doors in the winter. 

While you're trying to lower the humidity levels in your home, consider drying your French doors each day, to remove the worst of the condensation and prevent the moisture from sitting on the wood. For more information, contact a company like The Door and Window Store with any questions you have.

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16 January 2015