Window frost, while it is quite pretty, can actually pose some potential issues. It can even be an indicator that your windows are faulty. So, how does one tell if frost on windows is a normal occurrence or a significant issue?
In the following, we shall provide some helpful ways to keep frost from forming on your windows. In addition, we will give you some tips on how to decide whether window frost is an indicator that it is time for window replacement
Why Does Frost Form on Windows?
Frosted windows are a part of winter. Also, they can be quite pretty, especially during the holiday season when homes are beautifully decorated for festivities. However, window frost can be an indication that there is an issue with the windows or even the structure of the wall.
But, what causes frost on windows in the first place? Condensation can form on your windows when there are high levels of humidity present in the air outdoors. Of course, when winter is imminent, the temperatures will plummet, causing the condensation to turn into frost or ice on your windows. Window frost on the exterior of your windows is not a cause for concern, but frost on the interior of your windows can cause some issues.
Moreover, window frost can result from inadequate ventilation in the home or a faulty heating system. Window frost can lead to such issues as damage to the foundation of your walls, mold issues (which can lead to health problems), and even damage to your furniture and other belongings. Not only that, but it can cause your heating costs to skyrocket.
If you have taken the above precautions and are still having an issue with frost on windows, contact NorthTech Windows and Doors. We can inspect your windows to determine if it is indeed time for window replacement. Call us today to schedule an in-home appointment with our expert staff.
How to Prevent Frost on Windows during Colder Temps
- Taking proper safety precautions, install a heat source directly below your windows.
- Open windows when possible to allow for fresh air.
- Use exhaust and ceiling fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
- Properly inspect all gas appliances, heating systems, and plumbing throughout your home to ensure that there are no leaks or other damages. If you find anything amiss, make sure that it is taken care of right away to prevent excessive humidity.
- Ensure that your vents are clean and function as they should.
- Take care to not store firewood inside your home. The excess moisture on the wood creates humidity in the air.
- Install dehumidifiers for those rooms that are prone to high moisture levels (such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms).
- Repair or replace any caulking around your windows and doors.
- Try to contain all household plants in one area. Avoid watering them in excess.
- Inspect your carbon monoxide detector to ensure that it is working properly.
- Place rolled-up towels in your windows overnight to soak up any excess moisture. Wring them out and/or replace them regularly.
- Avoid air-drying clothes in your home, as this leads to excess moisture in the air.