A cold Winnipeg winter or even a hot and humid summer can cause the phenomenon known as crying windows. This happens when water condensation builds up on your windows due to an extreme difference in the temperature inside your home and the temperature of the glass. While many people ignore this problem, it can cause mold and mildew if left unchecked. If you are experiencing crying on your Winnipeg windows, here are some ways to solve the problem.
One item you may wish to consider as a solution for your crying windows problem is a heart recover ventilation, or HRV, system. An HRV system uses a heat exchanger to reduce the humidity level inside a building, and this results in less condensation on the windows. When combined with an airtight seal, as your windows should have, you can keep your windows clearer and also reduce moisture damage to walls, floors, and ceilings. Most HRV systems work in tandem with a home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, making sure that the latter gets less stress put on it. HRV systems are also designed to be very energy efficient, which can keep your house feeling more comfortable without costing you much money.
Over time, even well installed windows take some damage from the elements. This can lead to tears along the lining of the window, which allows more air from the outside into the home. As the exterior air mixes with interior air of a different temperature, the risk of condensation rises. If you add some weather stripping to the outside of your windows, you can close off some air leaks. For single pane windows, you can use caulk to fix the non-movable portion of the window. This doesn't do as well as getting a brand new window in place when it comes to fixing the problem, but it can solve things for a period of time and at least reduce the airflow enough to avoid condensation from building up.
If your crying window problem persists even after you try to make some home repairs, it is probably a sign that your windows are old and need replacing. Modern window installations, when done by a professional who knows what they are doing, create airtight seals that completely lock out air from the outside and prevent the risk of condensation buildup. This can also turn into a major benefit for you, as it gives you a chance to examine the different window options available to your home. If you have long had a problem with airflow in your home, for example, some casement Winnipeg windows might give you more control over that issue. Alternately, if you want to add a stronger sense of style, a bay or bow window might provide you with this while also stopping air leaks in your home.
Condensation in windows can seem like a minor issue, but it runs the risk of becoming a serious problem if you don't do something about it eventually. If you're concerned about cost savings, start by using the home improvement solutions above. However, if the problem has been going on for a while, it might be time for some new replacement windows. This is an opportunity, not a setback. By reaching out to a reliable windows installer today, you can save lots of money and energy for years to come.
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