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When to Replace Windows That Have Condensation

Can I fix window condensation?

Many homeowners begin thinking about window replacement when they see condensation. Yet the very thought of replacing windows can be nerve-racking for some.

Window condensation inside the window itself—that is, condensation you cannot wipe off by rubbing a cloth on the window surface—is a sign of window failure. The condensation is actually between the glass panes and could be a sign of broken seals in your window, which indicates your windows are losing their ability to insulate.

If two or more windows in your home have these between-the-glass moisture droplets from cracked seals, it’s likely all the windows in your home need to be replaced.

Budgeting the Costs of Replacing Windows

Homes with extreme southern exposure to sun and weather may have greater seal breakage on windows than a northern-facing set of windows.  When considering a window replacement budget, you could plan to replace southern-exposure windows first to mitigate energy loss and efficiency problems with your home. This approach helps spread the cost of replacement windows out to make the investment fit your budget.

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.

Is All Window Condensation Bad?

Not all condensation means the windows are bad. If you have 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.

If the humidity level is high outside and there’s lots of exterior condensation on your window, you are losing a lot of your cooling power on inefficient windows; those windows should be replaced. Single pane windows and older windows may lack the protective insulation to keep your energy bills down.

Will Window Condensation Go Away on Its Own?

Condensation on the interior surface of a window will usually go away on its own. Interior window condensation occurs when moisture inside a warm home comes into contact with cold windows, often during winter. This type of window condensation is perfectly normal and will usually disappear when the outside air temperature rises or by installing a dehumidifier.

Condensation between window panes doesn’t go away, however. While it may subside, the problems that cause the between-the-pane condensation don’t cure themselves. The fix is to replace your windows.

The Soft-Lite energy-efficient windows we install have some of the latest technology and best ratings in the industry for retaining the heat in the winter and cool in the summer, which keeps your spending on gas and electricity down.

What Should I Do If I Need to Replace Windows Due to Condensation?

If you’re doing a comparison of replacement window installers, we encourage you to do two things. First, learn a bit about the way we sell windows. Our fast online quote process is the only one of its kind, with the simple goal of creating a more pleasant window buying experience. Second, explore the window styles we install. Other companies just want to sell you a window – any window. We want to help you find the right windows.