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19 Oct 2020
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Trouble With Foggy Windows?

We Fix Foggy Windows (aka Condensation Between Window Panes)

Are you squinting to try and see through your foggy windows? Is your morning view being ruined by condensation? Worse, is water collecting around your window frames and damaging the interior of your home?

If your windows are fogging up, there are a few reasons why this is happening. In this post we’ll talk about why windows fog, what you can do about it and your options for replacement and upgrades with our glass experts at Budget Glass Nanaimo.

What Does it Mean to Have Foggy Windows?

Foggy windows are windows that look wet and in more extreme cases, are hard to see through with an annoying film of fog. When there’s a large difference in temperature between the outside and inside environments, moist air collects on the cooler surface, causing condensation and fog.

How Can I Treat My Foggy Windows?

To fix the problem of foggy windows, you’ll need to know why the windows are fogging up in the first place.

There are three main causes:

Condensation on the Outside

Windows that fog up on the outside are completely normal since this happens after a chilly morning when the window is still cool but the air around it begins to warm up. This type of condensation will clear on its own when the glass warms up.

Just like when your car fogs up on a cool morning, the windows of your home can too. If exterior condensation is ruining your morning view, try a product that is designed to repel water. We recommend ClearShield to repel buildup and enhance the clarity of your windows.

Condensation on the Inside

This is caused by moisture inside your house and can strike at any time. It can also be caused by condensation trapped within the window itself. The latter can lead to water damage in your home as well as mold and mildew.

First, give your window a good clean using a quality glass cleaning product to see if grease and grime buildup is making the problem look worse than it is. Sometimes grime buildup (particularly in kitchen windows) can appear as fogginess.

If you’ve given your windows a good clean and still see cloudiness and fogginess and suspect that your foggy windows are being caused by moisture in your home rather than within the sealed window unit, try these steps:

  • Open the windows up wide on a warm, sunny day
  • Turn on your range hood in the kitchen and any bathroom fans to pull out moisture
  • Turn off any humidifiers or scent diffusers for a few days
  • Turn on any fans to get the air moving
  • Check your thermostat and turn up the heat. A couple of degrees is usually all that’s needed
  • Sprinkle dessicants (moisture absorbers) around areas that experience higher levels of moisture (window frames, door frames, etc…) Salt, dry rice and baking soda all work really well to pull moisture from the air.
  • Try a dehumidifier or rent a commercial-quality appliance designed to quickly expel moisture

Condensation Between Window Panes

If the steps above didn’t help, it’s because condensation is collecting between the windowpanes. When this happens, it’s likely that the window’s seal has worn out due to age or is has been broken. All windows wear with time.

Due to weather and sun exposure, the seal will harden and crack. Once the seal is damaged, the only real solution is replacement.

The longer that moisture is allowed to collect, the more you run the risk of moisture collecting inside your home, leading to mold, mildew, ruined carpets and ruined walls.

What Type of Windows Do You Have?

Single Pane Windows

Single pane windows should be replaced whenever possible, even before fogging begins. Single pane windows don’t have an insulating layer, so they are prone to condensation that causes fogginess. Upgrading your windows will help prevent drafts, conserve energy, reduce noise and even increase the value of your home, since today’s double pane windows are designed to last up to 25 years.

Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are made of two sheets of glass sealed together. What makes them energy efficient is the argon or krypton gas that fills the gap between them. If this airtight seal is broken or a pane cracks, moisture can get into the space between the panes. This leads to that fogginess that’s blurring your view.

Because the two panes are sealed together, both panes would need to be replaced. The good news is that it’s simple and affordable to replace the glass, leaving the window frame intact. Our expert installers will quickly install made to measure replacement sealed window units and frames.

Foggy Window Replacement By Budget Glass Nanaimo

When you need to replace your entire window or you’d like to change the location of the window,  consider our Thermoproof Vinyl Windows. These are Energy Star rated, made to last and very low in maintenance. In fact, all of today’s vinyl and aluminum windows are made to be extremely energy efficient. Choose from double or even triple pane glass and low-emissivity (Low-E) glazing. Low-E glazing is a special coating which deflects light. It’s highly recommended since it helps keep heat outside during the summer and inside during the cooler months, for energy savings and a lowered utility bill, since you’re using less energy to cool and heat your home.

As glass and window specialists at Budget Glass Nanaimo, we can help by selecting and installing the right windows for your home. Choose from double or triple paned, Low-E or even tempered glass products to meet your specific needs. We guarantee the quality of our products and the installation, and will always ensure the work is done right, on time, and within budget. We’ll install your new windows, rain or shine, year round. So, if your windows are fogging or leaking, call Budget Glass at (250) 758-3374 or schedule an appointment online for a free quote today.

15 Nov 2019
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3 Reasons Why Your Windows are Foggy (And What You Can Do About It)

Windows Keep Fogging Up? Here’s Why:

In this blog post, we’ll go over the three main reasons your home’s windows appear foggy, and outline several ways you can fix foggy windows.

What Are Foggy Windows?

Foggy windows are windows that appear to be wet due to water droplets that have built up on or inside the window. Sometimes the moisture present can be so prevalent that it looks like a fog has formed and you can no longer see through your windows. The culprit? Condensation that occurs when humid air meets a cool surface, or when there is a large temperature differential between the indoors and the outdoors. During this time, water in the air (humidity) starts to collect on cooler surfaces.

What Causes Foggy Windows?

There are 3 main ways condensation makes your windows appear foggy:

  • Condensation on the exterior of the window. This is simply a product of the morning dew or when the A/C is running high and the temperature inside is much lower than the temperature outside. Exterior condensation can occur on both single-pane and double-pane units.
  • Condensation on the interior of the window. This is simply the humidity of your home (moisture from cooking, showering, and occupants breathing) being drawn to your windows. Interior condensation can occur on both single-pane and double-pane units.
  • Condensation trapped in between your windowpanes. This happens with aging double-pane units and is usually the result of a broken seal. In this case, condensation from the early morning dew and your home’s humidity is seeping in and getting trapped inside your once-sealed double-pane windows.

What Can You Do About Foggy Windows?

Exterior Condensation

Foggy windows that are the result of condensation from the outdoors will clear up on their own, after the morning chill is gone. There is no real action to take here, aside from waiting things out.

If you’re serious about getting rid of the exterior condensation affecting your view of the morning sunrise, consider a product such as RainX.

Interior Condensation

Foggy windows that are the result of condensation from the moisture inside your home can be resolved by taking a few simple steps. Start by ensuring your windows are clean, and that what you suspect is condensation is actually condensation – and not dirt, kitchen grease buildup, or other grime creating the illusion of foggy windows.

If cleaning doesn’t help and you still get foggy windows as the day progresses, try the following remedies:

  • Run your kitchen and bathroom fans to expel moisture from your house.
  • Circulate the air with a general ceiling fan or oscillating fan.
  • Reduce your use of diffusers and humidifiers.
  • Open your windows to let out moisture.
  • Turn your heat up.
  • Check the condition of the weather stripping around your windows.
  • Use moisture eliminators (desiccants) in strategic areas.
  • Unblock your home’s fresh air intake if you have one.
  • Move houseplants away from windows.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier or air-to-air exchanger.

If windows are still foggy after all that effort, it might be that your foggy windows are due to condensation trapped inside your window’s sealed unit.

If this is the case, it’s best to treat the problem sooner rather than later. This is because foggy windows are more than just unattractive and inconvenient – they also can lead to water damage, mold and mildew growth, and floor stains.


Condensation Trapped Between Windowpanes

If you suspect your windows are foggy due to condensation in between your windowpanes, it’s highly likely that the window’s seal framing the edges of the glass is broken and has allowed moisture to seep in and get trapped.

A double-pane window contains insulating airspace sandwiched and sealed in between two glass panels. This airspace is extremely effective at maintaining a consistent temperature and reducing heat loss, especially when paired with a desiccant at the bottom of the window, and/or argon gas.

Most modern double-pane windows have an inner seal for protecting against moisture, and an outer seal for increasing the strength of the window. Once both seals weaken and crack open, condensation begins to seep into the airspace, creating the foggy, wet appearance you can’t just wipe away. At this point, a repair or replacement of your window’s sealed unit is required to fix the problem.

The seals of double-pane windows are not impervious to the elements, and eventually weaken due to age (think decades of exposure to sunlight, wind, and rainfall – over time, the window’s sealant hardens and starts to crack.) Seals can also break when there is water retention in the frame (improper drainage around the window).

Double-pane window seals last about 15-20 years. After this time, if a broken window seal is the only issue affecting the quality of your windows, only the window’s sealed unit requires replacing. This means you can leave the window frame in-tact and only replace the glass – it’s a faster, more convenient, and more affordable solution than replacing the entire unit.

Remember that repairing or replacing aging windows comes with many benefits in addition to eliminating your foggy panes! For instance, they can go a long way in increasing your home’s energy efficiency, thereby reducing your heating and cooling costs. Completely new windows can also improve the curb appeal of your home, as well as make it more secure.

Need help fixing your foggy windows? Call Budget Glass in Nanaimo at (250) 758-3374 for a free quote on sealed unit replacements, or schedule an appointment online.

 

26 Apr 2017

Window Repair – 5 Common Window Issues

Window repair or new windows? We all love new things but sometimes we just can’t afford the “new” part. Budget Glass has helped hundreds of homeowners find solutions to fixing and repairing windows, which is often a less expensive alternative to planning a window renovation. By repairing your existing windows you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and get rid of those annoying problems like room drafts, clouded glass, sweaty window panes, and mold.

These window repair situations can introduce some pretty annoying features, so it’s no wonder homeowners we talk to sometimes say that they hate their windows. The entire appeal of having windows is based on them working properly and keeping out the cold. So when your windows aren’t opening and closing properly, the hinges are stiff, or no one wants to go near them, it’s time to consider making a change.

Here are 5 common window repair issues, and how we can help you fix them:

1. Rotting Window Frames: The worst case scenario is a rotten window frame that not only leaks air into your house but water too! If this hasn’t happened to you yet, you can avoid it by making sure that you have primed and painted your window frames and by minimized their exposure to water. If you do have signs of rot you can hire your local handy person to replace your window frames or use epoxy to patch them. Get a quote for repairs first, and we can provide you with a quote for replacement. You can decide which is a better option for your budget, as it might be less expensive to replace the window if the rotting is too advanced.

2. Stiff Window Parts: Having a window that doesn’t open and close without effort is annoying. The fix could be as simple as a thorough cleaning, and using some WD40 on your window hinges and clasps. Often windows in older homes have been painted shut at some point in time, so scraping off the old paint and starting fresh can make their function easier. Finding replacement parts for old windows can be a challenge, but we’re pretty good at it.

3. Drafty Windows: No one wants to sit near a window when it disrupts your feelings of being cozy. Having a drafty window is an indication that you might have a bigger problem such as rotting wood, but it can also be something as simple as caulking that has become cracked and peeling, or loose weather stripping. By sealing up the cracks around your windows you can reduce the drafts and also save some significant cash on your home energy costs.

4. Foggy Windows: All double or triple pane windows expand and contract with different temperature conditions over time. This puts pressure on the window seals, and eventually, these seals will break allowing air to enter between the layers of glass. Unfortunately, that also means that moisture can get in too, condensing where you can ‘t access it. Once a window seal is broken the foggy window syndrome begins. The warm weather fogs the inside of your windows so you can’t enjoy the view. We can give new life to your windows by replacing the sealed unit. That means that you can leave the window frame intact, and just replace the sealed unit. We’re happy to provide a free quote.

5. Broken Windows: The most obvious window problem is when it’s just plain broken (or maybe just chipped or cracked). If you have a single pane window in a wooden frame, we can supply sheets of glass to size so that your local handyman can replace the glass. If the window was in an aluminium or vinyl frame, it has to be carefully dismantled. Getting exact measurements is important so that you get the results you want. We’re happy to provide a quote for parts or repairs.

We love glass, and we want our customers to love it too! Making the most of your windows by keeping them in good repair ensures you’ll be enjoying the view and the warmth in any season. Call us for a free quote for your next window repair project.