Have you noticed condensation between the panes of glass in your windows? If so, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of it, as it obscures your view and detracts from your home’s aesthetics. To understand how to get rid of the condensation, it’s essential to first understand the basic construction of your window and how it operates.
Why Do Windows Have Multiple Panes of Glass?
Originally, windows were made with a single pane of glass and condensation was not a problem. If the glass became foggy, simply wiping it down from the inside or outside would do the trick. Unfortunately, these windows are not particularly energy efficient. In fact, a significant amount of energy loss can occur through these types of windows. While you may still see single-pane windows in older homes, modern homes and the replacement windows available on the market today typically feature two or more panes of glass.
How Do Multiple Panes of Glass Improve Energy Efficiency?
With double-pane and triple-pane windows, the key to their energy efficiency comes from the small air space between each pane of glass. The most energy-efficient windows feature a heavy and inert gas-like argon in this space, which effectively prevents heat transfer into and out of your home. The multiple layers of protection from the heat and the cold are what make these windows so energy efficient for your home.
Where Does Condensation Come From?
Condensation is the result of moisture in the warm air collecting on the cold surface of the glass, which typically occurs when the temperature differs between the interior of your home and the outdoors. Condensation that occurs on the very inside or outside of your home is easy to wipe away, and it’s nothing to be concerned about. But what about condensation between the panes of glass? You can’t easily reach it in this area, and it’s hampering your ability to see out the window.
Why Does Condensation Form Between Window Panes?
In a properly functioning window system, condensation should not be appearing between the panes of glass. The space between the windows, which holds an inert gas, should be airtight. When condensation forms in this area, it indicates that air from outside the windows has been able to enter the space between the window panes. Unfortunately, this is an issue you won’t easily be able to remedy yourself, and it should be addressed by a professional window company as soon as possible.
What Do I Do if I Have Condensation Between Window Panes?
If you have condensation between your window panes, you’ll need to have a professional window company come out to address the window. If your windows were recently replaced, they may still be covered by the original warranty. You’ll want to contact the company that originally installed the windows to address the issue. However, if your windows are older or many of them are having the same condensation problem, it may be time to consider a window installation project at your home. Your window company can help you determine whether a repair or replacement is the best option for you.
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