Window Condensation Causes & Solutions

Do your windows looks like they’re sweating? It can happen with both new and old windows. Seeing condensation on your new windows can make you worry there’s a problem. We’ll explain some of the causes of window condensation below so that you can identify if there’s an issue with your windows.

Newer windows are usually airtight which mean less air can enter from the outside. This can make your window glass look like it’s sweating.  Condensation is usually because of environmental reasons.  You wouldn’t have noticed them with your old windows, because the air leaking out of them would have caused the moisture before it collects.

Is it Permanent and Should I be Worried?

Are you finding the condensation on the inside of your window? It means your home has excess humidity. Because your window glass is a cool surface, it makes the moisture visible. Does condensation on your windows usually form during showers, dish washing, laundry or during the start of the heating season? This means it’s probably temporary and not a permanent issue or problem.

How to Fix It

To help reduce the condensation on your windows, you can invest in a dehumidifier. Having a bathroom & kitchen fan can also help remove moisture from the air. Setting your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise can help circulate air and reduce condensation in the winter.

When Should You Be Worried?

If your condensation is between the window panes then that’s a cause for worry. Condensation between the panes can mean the window seals are broken and your windows aren’t properly insulated any longer[1]. If your windows are new, call the company you got them from and see about getting them replaced. If your windows are old, it might be time for a replacement.

Additionally, if condensation remains on the windows throughout the day even when things have warmed up, or if it’s beginning to run down the walls, it can lead to mold or mildew. If this is the case you should have them looked at by a professional.

At the end of the day, make sure to reduce sources of moisture, increase ventilation in your home or increase the air temperature. These things can help reduce condensation on your windows[2].

[1] https://www.stanekwindows.com/17-window-condensation-solutions.aspx

[2] https://www.sunrisewindows.com/faqs/care-maintenance/condensation/

How Heat Mirror Helps with Climate Control

Comfort is what makes a house a home. Your home should be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are many factors that go into making your home cozy and warm. Energy efficient windows are one of the factors. The HR40 window system is one of the best windows on the market. Its heat mirror technology is one of the few things that differentiate it from the rest.

How does heat mirror help with your home’s comfort?

Heat Reflection

Heat Mirror film technology utilizes Nano-scale coatings of metal which reflects heat back to its source. This comes in handy in the winter because reflects heat back into your home and it helps in the summer because it reflects the heat from the sun out, helping keep a cool home.

UV protection

Heat mirror blocks up to 99.5% of the sun’s UV rays. The UV protection helps protect your furniture and plants from harmful UV rays. The clear glazing transmits photo-synthetically active radiation and controls temperature swings. This helps your plants flourish and avoids growth stunts.

Additionally, heat mirror keeps you and your family safe from UV radiation while you relax near your windows.

Energy Efficiency

HR40 Windows provide year round comfort for your home. By reflecting the sun’s heat in the summer and reflecting heat back in your house in the winter, it helps control your home’s internal temperature. As a result, you experience less heat loss in the winter.

Please note that for ultimate home comfort, your home should be probably insulated. Heat mirror and the HR40 windows are great for managing and reducing heat loss.

Enhancing your Bay Windows

Bay windows look great both on the outside and on the inside. They add curb appeal to your home while letting in a lot of natural light. Bay windows help make a room look bigger, making cramped spaces feel less stifling. Depending on the style installed, your bay window might also provide a cozy nook where you can watch the world go by.

Once you have them installed, or if you already have some, here are some ways you can enhance the look of your bay windows.

Curtains and Blinds

Because bay windows are designed to be large and to let in a lot of light, they leave very little for privacy.  Installing curtains or blinds allows you to control how much light comes in and when. You can open them up during the day and close them at night, or close them during the day if it’s too bright. Curtains and blinds provide a great styling option to enhance the indoor and outdoor look of your bay window.

You can buy ready-made curtains specifically made for bay windows, or you can also get customized curtain poles for your bay windows to ensure the perfect fit. If you opt to go with blinds, use vertical blinds. These allow you to angle them for privacy. You can pair your blinds with curtains for a stylish look.

Window Seat

If your bay window has a big enough of a ledge it can be turned into a cozy nook. Add in some seat cushions, colorful fabric and you have yourself a stylish cozy nook. It creates an extra relaxation space in your home.  The perfect place to cuddle up with a book and hot chocolate on a snow day.

Other Décor Items

Bay window ledge not big enough for a relaxation nook? No worries. You can still decorate it so space doesn’t look empty. You can place indoor plants or even decorative vases on the ledge. If you have a cat who likes to curl up on the ledge, avoid putting any breakable items up there.

What are some ways you enhance the looks of your bay window?  Let us know in the comments below.

Different Window Styles for your Home

When putting in new windows it is important to take style into consideration. Are you going to go with double hung? Bay or picture windows?  Do you want round or square glass? Single or multi-panel windows? The possibilities are endless to find the right fit for our home. One thing to consider is space, do you want to make your home look roomier and bigger? You have to also consider that the style of your house, some window styles look better on a colonial vs a ranch style home.

There are an estimated 7 styles of windows to choose from. Each with its benefits. The styles to choose from are double hung, slider, casement, awning/hopper, picture, bay/bow, and garden windows.

Double Hung Windows

The double hung window is one of the most common styles of the window for traditional homes in the United States. Double hung windows are made of two sashes that slide up and down. Newer versions of the double hung window like those found in the HR40 windows, tilt in for easier cleaning. Because of how the sashes move, the window screen is located on the outside. The style compatibility with different types of homes contributes to the popularity of double hung windows.

Slider Windows

A slider window, like the double hung, is made up of two sashes. But instead of sliding up and down, they slide side to side. The bottom tracks require routine use for continued ease of open.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have one sash which is hinged to swing like a door. When open it leaves the entire window completely open for maximum airflow. The screen in mounted on the inside since the sash swings outward. Casements have been noted to work and look best on prairie and contemporary style homes[1]. It is generally operated with a crank. Casement windows are usually found on Tudor style homes as well craftsman, Prairie, and French country.

Awning/Hopper Windows

Take a casement window and install it on the side and you’ve got an awning window. Unlike the casement, an awning window is hinged on the top instead of on the side. This comes in handy when it rains and you still want some fresh air. Since it opens out and up, the rain will land on top of it instead of flowing inside. Don’t leave it open if it’s windy and rainy because the wind might blow the rain right into your home. A hopper window is also like casement on its side. It is hinged on the bottom and opens in not out. The screen for a hopper is mounted on the inside. Hoppers are generally used as basement windows.  Both types of windows look great in both traditional and modern style homes.

Bay/Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are three or more windows combined in an angle that protrudes out of the house wall. They can be a combination of double-hung, picture or casement windows. It all depends on what the homeowner wants.  Bay and bow windows give your home a dramatic look and open up a room. They also let it a lot of natural light.

Garden Windows

The best way to describe the garden window is like a box window. Its boxlike nature allows the perfect amount of light to filter through for growing plants and herbs. It is also called a kitchen window, as it is typically mounted in the kitchen. Garden windows look great on all types of houses as long as it fits.

Picture Windows

Picture windows like, bay and bow, are great for letting in a lot of natural light. These windows don’t open at all. They work great in sunrooms and living rooms. Picture windows look great on both traditional and modern style homes.

You can always do a combination of 2-3 of these window styles in your home. The energy efficient HR40 window comes in all of these styles as well as any custom styles you might want like half circles. Get a free estimate on HR40 windows to learn more.

 

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-right-window-style-your-home

How to Clean Your Windows

No one likes looking at or through a dirty window. Sometimes cleaning your windows can be a hassle. Either the windows are too hard to open and it’s hard to reach places or they just streak with every attempt to clean them. Here are some helpful tips to make cleaning your windows easier.

Using right Tools

Using the right cleaning tools can be essential to properly clean your windows and avoiding streaks. Some people prefer to use a paper towel, others prefer to use a microfiber cloth.  Different things work for different people, whatever you use just make sure it doesn’t leave lint behind on the glass.

The most common tools used are a strip applicator to scrub the windows with cleaning solution. Follow up with a squeegee to wipe the window clean. Finish up with a damp cloth to wipe off excess water and drips to avoid streaks.

Using the right cleaning products

If you’re cleaning your window and it never seems to get clean, you might be using the wrong products. Vinegar has been praised for being good at cleaning windows without streaks[1]. A mixture of warm water and dish soap has been known to work as well. Sometimes Windex works just as well but you have to make sure you’re using the right tool as to not leave any streaks.

Clean on the Right day

Most people make the mistake of cleaning on a sunny day. We get it, the nicer the day the easier it is to get the motivation to clean. However, when you clean on a sunny day, the water and cleaner dry faster on your windows before you can wipe them away. Your windows will streak easier when cleaned on a hot sunny day. The best day to clean your windows is a cloudy day. Cloudy but not raining.

Clean everything

Sometime when cleaning we make the mistake of cleaning just the glass while ignoring the other parts of the window like the sills and sashes. Make sure to dust and vacuum the frame and sash if needed before you start washing.

Have some window tricks that have helped you clean your windows streak free? Share them with us in the comments!

[1] https://www.greatdayimprovements.com/cleaning-windows-with-vinegar.aspx

Hiring the Right Contractor for your Home Improvement Project

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. One way to make it easier on yourself is by making sure you pick the right contractor for the job. A stranger will be in and out of your house during the course of your project. You want to invest in someone who’s trustworthy and gives peace of mind to you and your family. Here are some things to check for and to be wary of when you’re looking to hire a professional for your home improvement project.

How to find a good contractor:

  • Get referrals from friends and family.
  • Make sure to conduct thorough online research. Read more about vetting a company online.
  • Go in knowing what you want before you start asking for estimates.
  • Do over the phone followed by face to face interviews so you can put a face to the name of the person who’s going to be working in and out of your house.
  • Don’t let price be your only deciding factor, don’t forget that price does not always equal quality.
  • Get everything in writing – pricing, start and finish dates, etc. This makes it easier to follow up and fight a case if worst case scenario your contractor starts the job and disappears before finishing.
  • Verify with the contractor which part of the work they will be doing and which parts a subcontractor will do.
  • Before you make the final payments get receipts for all materials purchased.

Things to Check for:

  • You want to check and make sure your contractor has a license and insured in your state.
  • If you’re getting work done on your walls or pipes, check to make sure your contractor is EPA Lead-Safe
  • Check the references of anyone you interview for the job.
  • Length of the warranty that comes with the job and what the warranty covers in totality.

Things to be wary of:

  • The contractor is unable to give you a demo or actually show you what they’re going to be installing.
  • Your contractor can’t provide you with the written warranty or estimate.
  • The contractor tries to sell you on either the cheapest or the most expensive material without consideration for the quality.
These are a few tips to help you navigate hiring for your home improvement projects. A smooth process is a win for everyone involved.

Securing your Home Windows

If thieves want to burglarize your home they will always look to the doors and windows first. After making sure to secure your doors the next thing you can do is to secure your windows to make them harder to break into. The more difficult it is to break into your windows the more likely an average burglar is to give up, keeping you and your home safe.

What can you do to make your windows harder to break into? Here are a few things you can do.

Lock windows

The first and easiest tip for secure windows is to lock your windows. At night or when there’s no one home you want to make sure reachable windows are closed and locked to make it harder for someone to get into. Most windows have some type of lock system, older windows might have inefficient window locks. If your windows are on the older side, install add-on locks to make your windows more secure.

Plant thorny bush

Another easy way to deter burglars away and secure your windows is to make them inaccessible from the outside. Planting a thorny bush below your windows can deter someone from trying to break into them.

Install window Alarm

If the first two methods don’t deter a burglar, a window alarm might send them fleeing. There are many types of window alarms on the market but simple window sensors should do the job. The window sensors will notify you when the windows open and when they are broken. You can arm the sensors when you go to bed at night or when you leave for the day. You can also connect the sensors to alarm local authorities when the windows are broken into or opened.

Install shatterproof glass

If your windows don’t already come with shatterproof or high impact glass, you can replace the individual panes of vulnerable windows with shatterproof glass. The glass will be harder to break compared to regular window glass but still looks the same as normal windows. You can also invest in reinforced glass. It is harder to break and makes a lot of noise in the process of breaking. That might scare the burglar off or alert your family that someone’s trying to break in.  To keep from having to buy new glass to put in your windows, when you’re looking at replacement windows, ask about the type of glass used. If you can get high impact glass, it’ll be worth the investment for the added security.

If you aren’t already taking these precautions we highly recommend that you consider them. Windows serve a purpose aesthetically in your home but it’s just as important to make sure that they are secure. Keep your home and your family safe.

 

 

 

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Preparing your Home for Your Replacement Windows

Congratulations! You have a big day ahead, you have scheduled for your replacement windows to be put in. Now how do you prepare for this? It can be a bit nerve-racking to have strangers walking and working around your home. To calm your nerves, make sure to buy from a company you trust, and once you’ve done that we’ve put together a few ways prepare your home for the big day.

Clear the Way

Your installers will need enough room to move around the windows for proper installation. Move furniture, lamps, curtains, blinds and other window fixtures that might be in the way. You don’t have to move everything but move enough stuff out of the way so the installers can move around with ease to install your new windows. Don’t forget move lawn furniture out of the way to allow installers to work on the outside of the windows.

Be Around

Installers would have to get into your home in order to install your replacement windows, it will be helpful for you to be around for the appointment or at least be around to let them into your home and to answer any questions they may have about moving things or getting around. Once everything is sorted out you can trust to leave and go about your day. If there’s no chance of you being around, make arrangements ahead of time for your contractor to get into your home.

Cover Things up

It might get a little dusty during the installation process. Installers generally do a great job cleaning up after themselves. But it wouldn’t hurt to cover up some furniture to keep it from getting dusty.

These are just a few things you can do to help make your window installation process go smoothly for both you and the installer.

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What to look for in windows when buying a home

Buying a new home? Congrats! But we do know how stressful and overwhelming the entire process of purchasing a home can be.  There’s so much you have to know and look out for to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.  Windows are an important detail to consider when looking at potential homes because they can either add to the overall value of your home or add to the long-term costs. Windows are generally overlooked among the long list of other home buying details, but we’ll explain to you why they shouldn’t be.

Replacement windows are an investment into the value of the home and it’s important to note if you’re going to have to replace the windows or if the previous owner already did. Windows provide light, warmth, and ventilation for our homes, but they can also be a burden on your home’s energy efficiency.

Here a few things to consider about the windows in a home that you may be thinking of buying.

  • Ease of operation – if the windows are hard to open and close that might become a safety issue as well as an energy one. A window that doesn’t close properly leaves room for drafts, sending your hard-earned money in heating and cooling right out. You shouldn’t have to wrestle with your windows to open them for some fresh air or to close them afterward.
  • Draftiness – This is especially hard to track in the summer but not impossible. If the house seems drafty around the windows, they might be due for replacement. New windows but still drafty? They might not be the right windows for your house. Proper energy efficient windows should keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter. Of course, insulation and doors contribute to draft but the windows play a major role as well.
  • Durability – You don’t want windows you’re going to have to replace the following year or even 7 years down the line. Ask the right questions: Are they double pane windows? What kind of gas fills the windows? Do they have heat mirror to reflect UV rays? If the windows look like they have condensation on the inside they might not be properly insulated anymore.

Window problems but it’s your dream house? No worries! After closing you can replace the old windows with new more energy efficient ones!

You can sign up for a free HR40 window estimate good for one year here!

Signs it’s Time for Window Replacement

Windows are an important part of every home. They provide security, comfort and add value to your home. Unfortunately, windows don’t last forever. But when it comes time to change make sure you upgrade to the right windows for your home. But how do you know when your windows are due for replacement?

Here are a few symptoms your windows display when they’re ready to be replaced

Drafts –Do you have cold drafts coming into your home in the winter? Chilly spots near windows even with the heat is cranked high? Drafts in your home contribute to high energy bills because you’re letting the warm air out in the winter and hot air in during the summer.  Leaky windows?  That is as bad as leaving your back door open in the winter with the heat on. You’ll be letting hard earned money right out through cracks in your windows while making your heater and air conditioner work harder to try and keep your home comfortable.

Hard to open and close – One of the great perks of windows is that they keep the outside sounds and air out of your home but can let the outside world in if you choose to. If your windows are difficult to open and you have to wrestle them when you want to let a little air into your home, then it’s time to replace them.

Rotting – If your windows are wooden and look like they’re rotting, it’s time for a replacement. Rotting windows look bad, can be hard to open and close, and the frames start failing in supporting the window glass.

Condensation – Frost build up and condensation on your windows shouldn’t be the norm. Condensation is a sign that the window insulation has been compromised. Without proper insulation, your windows let your heating out and the cold air in. Make sure to be on the lookout for condensation in your windows.

If your windows have any of these symptoms, it’s time to replace them. You can read about the benefits of replacement windows here.

For high quality, exclusive, energy efficient replacement windows, get your free no obligation, good for one year HR40 window estimate here!