Living in the Midwest means that you will endure ever-changing weather that can roll through your area within the blink of an eye. These quick temperature changes can be harsh on your doors and windows, leading to health and safety hazards, high energy costs, and the need for home repairs. You and your family’s safety should be a top priority, so start today by inspecting your home for issues that need to be fixed.
What is Window Condensation or Window Sweating?
Condensation or “window sweating” is the buildup of moisture in the air that collects on surfaces, such as curtains, blinds, windows, or sometimes even between window panes. Condensation indicates where a home has weak spots in its insulated windows or doors, which points to problems in high humidity levels in the house. Once condensation is spotted, it is essential to fix it. Here are some reasons as to why you should remove the condensation as soon as possible.
- Window condensation won’t disappear on its own
- Condensation allows for mold and mildew growth
- Condensation can cause damage to homes and lead to costly renovations and repairs
Effects of Condensation
Condensation buildup can wreak havoc on your home. It’s essential to inspect your home for leaks and condensation buildup because it can lead to serious problems. A few other signs that condensation may be a bigger problem include:
- Window condensation stays for long periods causing water marks and damage
- Excessive condensation runs down walls or causes discoloration
- Excessive moisture inside; mold, mildew, and rot are also signs of problem moisture
- Condensation forms between two panes of glass, which could indicate a faulty seal. This will lead to cracking and splitting if the condensation freezes.
All of the problems listed above can be fixed easily but can lead to more expensive fixes if left untouched. Moisture buildup can put harmful airborne particles that can infect your lungs, compromising you to diseases that can be life-threatening. On top of risking your family’s health, moisture and window sweating can also create rot which can necessitate renovations.
Is New Glass the Solution to Window Condensation?
If your property has inefficient, single-pane windows, condensation can be a constant battle during the continuous weather changes of the Midwest. The temperature of the glass from outside to inside tends to be extreme, and window condensation is created as a result. With the use of double or triple pane windows, you will be able to fix your condensation problem while also helping your energy bill. These are the most common windows that we recommend or that can solve your problem:
- Double or Triple Glazing – Updating single-pane windows with double- or triple-paned windows can quickly minimize condensation. The spacing between the exterior-facing and interior-facing glass dramatically reduces the temperature differential. This way, condensation is less likely to form.
- Gas Fills – Many of today’s double-pane windows have gas fills between the layers of glazing. This helps to slow heat transfer, and in winter, the warm interior glass doesn’t come into direct contact with the cold outdoor air.
- Coatings and Films – Energy-efficient window coatings add a layer of insulation to the glass, creating a barrier between the glazing and the humid indoor air. This can prevent interior moisture from collecting on the glass.
- Efficient Spacers – In double or triple-paned windows, spacers sit between each pane of glass. Today’s spacers are more efficient than ever to reduce heat transfer and seal out moisture. The foam piece tends to be one of the most efficient options for creating a warm edge around the window.
- Weather Stripping – Poor insulation around the edges of the window allows air to escape, and as a result, the temperature of the glass drops, e.g., warmer in winter and colder in summer.
Kryger Glass is Here for You!
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are having window condensation or window sweating throughout your home. If you notice any of the things discussed above, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation. At Kryger Glass, we are your go-to window repair service in the Midwest. Our number one priority is making sure your windows keep you safe and healthy. If you are in the areas listed below, contact us on our website for all your glass needs.