Does Condensation Mean You Need New Windows?

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by admin

Window Condensation LongmontNow that we’re experiencing colder and wetter weather here in Colorado, you may have noticed that your windows have started to sweat. There are several reasons for this annoying water problem, one of the top being old, inefficient windows. Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont carries a wide selection of high efficiency products that can not only get rid of window condensation but also decrease your home’s energy bill.

 Why is there Condensation on my Windows?

The reason condensation only appears on windows in winter is because of a convection current that occurs when it’s cold outside. The inside glass is cold and the heated air circulating in your home will rise then sink against the window pane. As the warm air hits the cold glass, moisture will start accumulating on the window since the air is below dew point.

If your windows were installed recently and are high quality units, condensation problems could be happening due to your home’s ventilation system. An energy audit will assess your windows as well as the tightness of the building envelope, or how much air is lost and exchanged from the interior of your home to the outside. This is the most reliable way to confirm if the windows are to blame for the puddles on the sills.

To avoid this sweating problem when purchasing new windows, pay close attention to the Condensation Resistance Factor on the National Fenestration Rating Council label. This feature is rated on a scale of 1 to 100, and the higher the number, the greater resistance the window has to sweating. Our experienced staff can also explain the U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance and Air Leakage ratings on our inventory, and answer any other questions you may have about a product.

If window condensation this winter is leading you to invest in new windows, be sure to visit Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont where you will find a variety of top quality, high efficiency products!

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