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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.
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.
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:
- Dry rot
All these window condensation issues can threaten the health of your family. Here are the appropriate home humidity levels in relation to exterior temperatures.
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- Outdated residential windows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 efficiency
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.
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.