My blog postings have taken a hit over the summer months with the distractions of boating, visiting family, bbq’s and travelling taking a much welcomed toll. It was a crazy summer with all that smoke and the heat that just kept coming. I hope you all had as much fun as my family did.
Now that the first leaves are turning and fall is just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to prepare for being inside our homes again. An item that’s easily overlooked during the warmer weather, is the condition of the windows. Not much fun having them frost up with condensation from the first Arctic blast of winter. It feels like you are living in a cave. If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be concerned? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on a number of factors. First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the result of fluctuating humidity in the home. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels. If the humidity is being generated naturally, try placing a dehumidifier nearby. Also, remove any plants and firewood from the area, as they can release a surprising volume of moisture into the air. Do you see moisture in between the panes of glass that make up the window? If so, that means the seal has failed and moisture has crept in.
Double and triple pane windows often contain a gas (argon, for example) that boosts the insulating qualities of the window. When the seal fails, the gas disappears, making the glass colder and often allowing condensation to creep in. Eventually, you’ll want to get it replaced. If you see moisture build-up anywhere on the frame of the window, particularly at the joints, that could be a sign of water leaking through. That’s an issue you should get checked out immediately by a window contractor. If your windows do need to be replaced, far better to do it while the weather is still warm enough to be pleasant. I am happy to provide recommendations to local window installers and other home maintenance professionals that my clients have received excellent service from.