Condensation happens when there’s a difference in temperature between two sides of a surface. You see this often as droplets of water forming on a glass of cold water left out in the sun for some time. Modern windows are designed to minimize condensation which is why you’ll rarely see it on the glazing, even if your indoor air conditioning or heating creates a steep temperature gradient against the outdoors. If you notice condensation in your windows, it may be a symptom of an underlying problem.
Window problems can present themselves in many ways, with condensation being one of the more visible signs among others. Read on as window installation contractors at Abby Windows & Exteriors explain common window problems and what they could mean for your home.
Double-pane windows contain a microscopic layer of insulating gas sandwiched between two sheets of glazing. This gas is often an inert element like krypton or argon kept in place by a waterproof seal. If this seal breaks, the gas escapes, and your window’s performance drastically goes down. The first sign you’ll notice is a gradual increase in your utility bills as your windows slowly become less energy efficient. You may also see fogging, warping and condensation, as the pressure from between the panes tries to normalize with the outside pressure.
How to Handle Broken Seals
Clean your windows thoroughly with a gentle cloth. This is to make sure that the condensation you see is not the result of nearby objects. If you’ve confirmed that the build-up is actually from your glazing, it may be time to look for window companies for help.
It’s possible to repair windows with broken seals, however, it will no longer meet the same performance standards as a brand new one. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be more prudent to simply replace the window entirely.
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