High-quality windows are built with at least two panes of glass, and the space between these panes is filled with a special insulating gas such as argon and krypton. These gases add to the insulative capabilities of your windows, helping your home stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. If the seals of your windows are compromised, however, the gas in between them will escape. When that happens, your windows will appear foggy, and they will no longer be energy-efficient.
In today’s post, a local window replacement expert shares some tips to help you determine if you are dealing with this problem.
The first thing you need to do to determine if your windows have broken seals is to clean the glass. Sometimes, what you suspect as broken seals are just grime and moisture buildup on the glass. If there is condensation that you cannot wipe from the glass surface, you likely have broken window seals.
Presence of Condensation
Moisture, fogging and hazing between two window glass panes are common indications of seal failure. Depending on the weather and temperature, the fogging may go away and come back again. It usually occurs due to a significant difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures or changes in humidity levels. If you see condensation in between the glass of your windows, contact a professional immediately. It could be that you need to replace your double-hung windows.
Once the gas fill leaks out of the panes, the middle section of the glass panes can start to bend and deteriorate. This will make the window appear distorted and could even cause it to break. If you suspect you have this issue, stand from a distance outside and compare the reflection of the affected window with that of other windows.
When it’s time for window replacement, turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle. We offer energy-efficient casement, double-hung, gliding windows and more! Give us a call at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We work with homeowners in Bellevue and nearby communities.