Feb 04, 2023

Winter House Window Issues & Solutions

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus shared on 2.4.23.

Common Winter Home Window Issues

Windows have a great impact on a home’s energy efficiency.  This is especially true in the winter months when windows are subject to subzero temperatures.  Some winter home issues can look like window problems but can be something else. Here’s what you need to know.

infinity from marvin windows exterior

Condensation & Frosted Windows In The Winter

Frost and window condensation can happen on all types of windows.  In fact, the window material is less important than the quality.

Builder grade materials are mass-produced and often only meet the least code standards.  House windows in this class are often prone to condensation and frost.  Windows with ice formation often signal that the glass pack isn’t working.

window condensation

Properly Installed House Windows Can Still Have Condensation

One of the key facts about window condensation is that it be a sign of excessive home humidity levels.  A home’s level of humidity should take into consideration exterior temperatures.   Windows experience condensation in the winter when a home’s warm, humid air meets the window’s cold surface. Window condensation can lead to an array of issues including:

All these window condensation issues can threaten the health of your family.  Here are the appropriate home humidity levels in relation to exterior temperatures.

Ideal indoor humidity levels by outdoor temperature

Drafty Residential Windows

Drafty windows can increase energy bills and lower your home’s comfort level.  There are many causes of window drafts including:

  • Window seal failure
  • Cold air leaking in because of incorrect window caulking
  • Improper window installation
  • Outdated residential windows
  • Windows that lack energy efficiencybad house windows

When Drafty Windows Are A Sign Of Poor Attic Insulation & Air Sealing

The stack effect can cause residential windows to feel drafty in the winter.  When this happens, a home pressurizes and pulls air from the attic.

The stack effect can trick homeowners into thinking their residential windows are bad.  In fact, the real problem is inadequate insulation and ventilation.  Without proper levels of these, air falls from the attack to the main part of the home, causing drafts.  The stack effect can also comprise a home’s air quality if bat or rodent droppings are present in the attic.

Bonus read: Three Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

The Best Winter Windows

Infinity® from Marvin windows are ideal for Wisconsin and Minnesota homeowners  Marvin replacement windows keep homes warmer in the winter. This is due to their glass pack’s innovative spacer system.  In the summer months, the windows reflect sunlight, lowering energy bills.

Infinity From Marvin Window

Request Your Winter Window Replacement Project

Since 1979, Western Wisconsin and Twin Cities residents relied on for windows. Our mission is to offer the best house windows available. We are proud to offer a lifetime workmanship warranty.

Our installation techniques allow winter window replacement to occur. This ensures that local homeowners aren’t subject to drafts and condensation all winter. Contact us today for a complimentary estimate.

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Window Installation Reviews:

"The whole project went perfectly. So grateful for Lindus team."

Mavis G.
Anoka, MN
November 11, 2023

"Our total experience with Lindus was amazing! Very responsive. Provided great egress windows at a reasonable price. Would use them again and recommend them to others."

Randy R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
July 25, 2023

"Quality people and a quality project."

Randal R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
July 20, 2023

"We had several large windows replaced. Everyone from the phone representative to the salesperson to the scheduler to the installers was knowledgeable, polite, easy to work with and professional. The installation went smoothly due to the skill and hard work of the installers and the windows look great. It seems like everyone was proud of their role in the Lindus team."

Mavis & Dannie G.
Anoka, MN
July 18, 2023

"Everything was done in a very satisfactory manner."

Lowell G.
Lake Elmo, MN
July 5, 2023

"The guys worked very hard and the windows look nice and operate very smoothly. I'm happy with my SeasonGuard choice!"

Paul K.
Eagan, MN
May 26, 2023
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