Many homeowners begin thinking about window replacement when they see condensation especially during certain times of the year in their old windows and it could be quite nerve-racking. The concern is not without good reason—window condensation inside the window itself (condensation you cannot wipe off if you took a cloth and rubbed the surface on the inside and out you would not be able to remove the condensation since it is between the glass panes) is a significant window failure. This could be a sign of broken seals in your window—which reveals that your windows may have lost or are losing their ability to insulate. With aging windows in general if one or two or more of the windows in your home have these between-the-glass droplets moisture from cracked seals then it’s very likely that the other windows would need to be replaced as well.
There is a possibility that homes with extreme southern exposure to sun and weather may have greater seal breakage on windows then a northern facing set of windows. If trying to budget you could make a plan to replace all the southern exposure windows first to mitigate energy loss and efficiency problems with your home.
This is not entirely uncommon approach. Some folks contact us to just replace windows that are damaged in this way which makes for a much easier budgeting process. It could be that you replace four windows one year, four windows the next and the remainder of the windows following year. If you took the time to fix the ones that were in the worst condition you would be able to stem off some of the energy loss by addressing the windows that have the most obvious problems first. Crossing off these problem windows will also drop your stress level as you know that you have a process you are following to remedy the situation long-term.
Not all condensation means that the windows are bad. If for some reason you have a very high levels of humidity in your home you may want to first address your humidity level since condensation will always gravitate to the coolest surface. Since windows do not have as much insulating power as a wall does typically the windows are cooler (on a cold day) and that surface draws the humidity out of the air in the form of misting, droplets—your basic condensation.
But it’s true that if the humidity level is very high outside and there’s lots of condensation on your windows on the exterior you are losing a lot of your cooling power on inefficient windows in those windows should be replaced. Typically single pane windows and older windows in general may not have the protective insulation to keep your energy bills down.
The Soft-Lite Energy Efficient windows that we install on your behalf have some of the latest technology and best ratings in the industry for retaining the heat in the winter in the cool in the summer which ultimately keeps your expenditure on gas and electricity down.