Will Vinyl Replacement Windows Stop Condensation?
Condensation on windows is a common reason why people choose to have windows replaced. They see condensation as a sure sign that their old windows are simply not performing anymore. Along with drafts, condensation is probably the biggest performance flaw homeowners use as a barometer of window health. But before they make that major purchase and invest so much of their money in window replacement, people justifiably want to know whether the new windows will do better than the old ones when it comes to this problem.
Condensation Not Always Window's Fault
First of all, it must be pointed out that condensation is not always the fault of the window. In some cases, the inside of a home is simply too humid and warm relative to the surface of the window. Condensation forms in homes like these, that do not have enough ventilation and air flow and that stay hot and humid all the time. To reduce condensation, open windows and run fans to let the air flow. Keep doors open between rooms as well.
Window Replacement Helps Fight Condensation
But with that being said, new windows do tend to help cut down on condensation. Today's energy efficient windows allow much less heat loss through the panes. This means the inside surface of the glass is much less likely to be affected by the outside temperature. With this glass temperature much closer to the temperature of the warm, moist air, condensation is much less likely to form. New energy efficient vinyl windows do a great job of keeping the outside weather out and the inside climate in. One of the results of this efficiency is a reduction in the occurrence of window condensation. Still, there are always ways we can help reduce this occurrence ourselves.
Author: Joseph Gringeri