April 1, 2018

Whether you’re in the market for new residential windows or wondering how to make your current windows more efficient, we know that you have lots of questions. Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

What causes interior condensation on my windows?

Simple, daily routines like cooking and showering will release warm and moist air into your home. When this warmer air reaches the surface of your window panes you will see condensation form. While this is completely normal, you do want to make sure that you take action to remove as much humidity from your space as possible.

If you notice that your window frames and sills become wet, even though your home is well insulated, you want to take action. Not resolving this situation can lead to mould growth and damage to your windows.

Ways to help reduce condensation include:

  • Opening your bathroom or kitchen window a crack while bathing or cooking.
  • Installing and using a bathroom exhaust fan while showering.
  • Ensuring that your dryer is venting properly to the outdoors.
  • Installing newer windows with better insulation.

What causes exterior condensation on my windows?

Exterior condensation occurs when the windows are doing their job and preventing the heat from inside your home from escaping to the outside. When the outside of your window is colder than the inside of your window, you will see condensation on the outside of your windows. As the outdoor temperature rises, the condensation will dissipate.

So don’t worry if you notice that condensation is forming on the outside of your windows. It’s perfectly normal.

Why are windows filled with argon gas?

Argon gas is a non-toxic and odourless gas that helps to increase energy efficiency. Adding argon between window panes is an effective way to:

  • Increase your R-value ( click here to read our blog about R-value )
  • Improve soundproofing
  • Reduce the possibility of condensation and frost
  • Minimize heat exchange through the window pane
  • Help reduce ultraviolet rays

What is triple glazing, and do I need it?

Triple glazing means that your window consists of three panes of glass, instead of one or two.

Triple glazing is recommended for colder climates, like Canada, as the added pane of glass allows for an additional chamber of argon gas between the panes, which increases energy efficiency.

Adding a third pane of glass will also help to:

  • Improve heat loss
  • Improve soundproofing
  • Reduce condensation
  • Reduce heat absorption in warmer weather

Have more questions? Contact the experts at Bavarian Window Works — we’ll take the time to answer all your questions.

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