Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian homeowners may have some questions on the implementation of windows and doors. If you ever find yourself stuck during your home renovation project, Canadian Choice Windows and Doors™ is here to bring you our insights. Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we’ve received are:

Is It Normal for Windows to Leak?

Windows subject to constant usage tend to develop air and water leakages over time. This is otherwise known as air and water infiltration with the latter being more visible by condensing on your windowsill. This is because windows are manufactured with weep holes which allow for internal water drainage and can cause a buildup of water during various weather conditions on your windowsill.

Is Condensation on Windows Bad?

Condensation happens when excessive humidity forms on a cold window pane covered with a thin film of water. This problem became incredibly apparent on a humid summer day on cold glass. A change in temperature with no change in water can result in an even greater increase in humidity, eventually reaching the point of dew. Further temperatures decrease, forcing some vapour to condense as water if the temperature is higher than freezing temperature. If it is lower than freezing outside, frost can appear on the window pane. Excessive condensation may require a call back on your windows science excessive condensation may result in mould or mildew growth, especially when it occurs on the inside of your windows. Visibility can become limited and adjacent walls and floors may also require additional maintenance.

This may lead in severe cases to wood rotting and deterioration of paint and paint. Condensation may arise from sub-par window manufacturing, improper window installation or poor maintenance, this is even possible in well-built homes subject to moisture problems.

Should Windows Condense?

Quality-made replacement window models should not have to deal with condensation due to their internally thermal insulating chambers and condensation-resistant design. Its may also be a sign of old age at which you should replace your windows to prevent further darfts, condensation and potential adjacent wood rotting, mould and mildew growth and more in severe cases. New premium-quality DraftLOCK windows ensure an airtight, energy efficient design to keep your home comfier, cosier and cleaner.

Where Does Condensation Happen on a Window?

Window condensation tends to occur on the meeting rail and lower sash bottoms of the glass interior. This is due to the cooling down of warm air that falls on the interior pane dealing with a decreasing atmospheric temperature in your window’s interior. When the air contacts the meeting rail at its horizontal surface, the rate of air temperature drop of the air slows down to allow trapped water vapour to escape. This air rolls over the meeting rail edge and gains speed until it hits the sash’s lower handle where your window meets the windowsill. Here, the water vapour exits again and may lead to water leaks.

What Steps Can Be Taken to Reduce Condensation?

Home occupants can take various simple steps in reducing window condensation in their homes. Consumers must understand that a reduced humidity level works to decrease coolness in the home; this would be the first step in reducing condensation. Hence, the humidity level in the home must be determined.

This requires regular monitoring as the outside temperature changes constantly. Consumers could also implement a hygrometer which is the device designed to measure humidity. A good hygrometer allows the consumer to keep track of the temperature constantly to take the right steps on reducing humidity and condensation.

Consumers should be aware of the degree of humidity inside the home based on the outside temperature as follows:

Outside Temperature °F Inside Relative Humidity
20°F to 40°F Under 40%
10°F to 20°F Under 35%
0°F to 10°F Under 30%
-10°F to 0°F Under 25%
Below -10°F Under 20%

What Is “Window Sweating”?

Window sweating is the result of consideration on your window panes when the window experiences a large temperature imbalance between its interior and exterior panes. This phenomenon seldom happens on walls which are normally warmer which tend to dissipate the condenstraon. Extreme cases of window sweating can lead to mildew and/or mould growth and should be taken care of by a professional imemedatewly. Contact your local Canadian Choice Windows and Doors customer service team today!

What Are the Causes of Window Condensation?

Moisture in the air along with temperature imbalances can result in condensation on your windows, especially if they are sub-standard models. Even things such as breathing and sweating in the home can increase the amount of water vapour in the air on a daily basis which can increase the likelihood of window condensation.

Any activity in the home that uses water will generate more air moisture. Whether it’s cooking, taking a shower, laundry or more. It’s important to learn the different causes in order to know how to counter them. Excessive moisture in the home could surface through:

  • Dripping faucets
  • Containers with water such as pet water bowls and
  • fish tanks
  • Indoor drying of clothes
  • Leaking indoor clothes dryers
  • Gas-based cooking where moisture is released
  • as a by-product of gas combustion
  • Open toilet lids with more evaporation happening
  • Turned off exhaust fans during baths and showers
  • which allow moisture to be retained
  • Excessive use of steamers, teapots and plant misters
  • Sweating on building slabs without a vapour barrier
  • Over using of humidifiers
  • Faulty plumbing
  • Leaking hot water heaters
  • Faulty water piping
  • Too many indoor plants that require regular watering
  • Saunas and hot tubs
  • Outdoor drainage that tends to hold water
  • Faulty sprinkler system
  • Faulty shower piping, seals or faucets
  • Faulty refrigerators or ice machines
  • Poor ventilation in bathrooms
  • Excessive use of air conditioning
  • Tight doors that prevent air circulation out of the room.
  • Open water containers for soaking clothes in the house
  • Excessive wet clothing, wipe towels and washrags in the
  • kitchen and bathrooms
  • Leaking of rainwater into the attic
  • Open space gas heaters turned at high room temperatures
  • Faulty cooling system that holds back moisture
  • Wet floors

How Can Window Condensation be Reduced?

Window condensation can be reduced by controlling the degree of humidity with a higher level of air movement generated. This will prevent the same air from becoming trapped within your window’s interior, leading to the aforementioned condensation on your interior panes. This will happen because with this system, as the exterior temperature will decrease, your window’s interior humidity level will also decrease accordingly.

What Professional Assistance Can I Get?

Canadian Choice Windows and Doors™ provides the best of affordable, premium energy efficient replacement windows and doors. Our predictions are locally manufactured and equipped with our newly developed DraftLOCK technology, designed to provide the best of window performance and style at the best prices. If you ever have a window condensation issue, our licensed trained in-house experienced customer service team is here to listen and address your concerns as soon as possible.

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