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Old 12-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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winter is here - french door water condensation


Moved into a new place, the heating vent is right next to the french door that goes outside...so every night there seems to be a build up of water that runs down and ice builds up at the bottom of the door on the inside. My concern is there will be a lot of water at some point and possibly run under the laminate flooring and cause issues?

We broke the molding off because the door kept icing shut to it and wouldn't open, haha...oy! Any advice on how we can stop this?

We've already blocked off the heating vent from shooting heat up the side of the door, still seems to get some good condensation and ice chunks at the bottom.

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Old 12-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Lower the humidly in the home.
Seal up any air leaks around the door.

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woops, I had central humidifer set to like 40 ... for summer. I put it down to 15.
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here is one opinion on humidity levels, from wikianswers. "Outside Temperature Indoor Relative Humidity: Above 50 F, not over 50%. Above 20 F, not over 40%. Between 10 & 20F, not over 35%. Between 0 & 10F, not over 30%. Between -10 & 0F, not over 25%. Between -20 & --10F, not over 20%. -20F or below, not over 15%. If you try to put more moisture into the air, the cold windows will probably start to condense the water back out."
IMO, your problem may be the window quality, and you may need to get good, air-tight double or triple pane windows, filled w/ gas (argon, xenon, krypton.... but then you can't have Superman over....)
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Good advice! That's pretty much what my central humidifier says. When I moved it down problem gone . Glad it was a simple thing!
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