What About Condensation Between The Panels Of An Energy Efficient Window?

What about condensation between the panels of an energy efficient window? If you get condensation between the panes, the cloaking or sealing between the two panes of glass has broken and the glass needs to be exchanged for a new one.

Energy efficient windows have a low occurrence of condensation because of their thermal qualities. Window expert Steven Poitz of Thermotech in Canada says, "If you do get condensation between the panes, the cloaking or sealing between the two panes of glass has broken and the glass needs to be exchanged for a new one. The correct jargon is a sealed unit. You would need to call a glass company and have the sealed unit replaced. If it is in an opening part of the window that you can take out, you could take it in to a glass shop to have them put in a new sealed unit."


Reduced condensation is one of the many benefits of energy efficient windows for several reasons. Increased humidity in homes during the winter due to improved heating technologies is one thing that leads to a higher risk of condensation. Condensation can lead to the growth of mold and other harmful bacteria that may trigger allergies or asthma in some people. Mold is both unsightly and highly toxic, but energy efficient windows actually reduce the opportunity for condensation to form and cause mold.




Because energy efficient windows stay warmer in the winter they are less likely to generate condensation. Several factors contribute to this. One is the double and triple glazing, or panes, of energy efficient windows. This extra glazing provides a barrier between the outside temperature and the indoor temperature. Of course, triple glazed windows offer the best protection. Another factor is the material used to build the spacers between the panes of glass. The best spacers are made from materials like silicone foam, which do not lose heat and are corrosive resistant. Overall, a triple glazed window with silicone foam spacers offers the very best protection and thermal conductivity.

Another benefit of energy efficient windows is that they do not require any special maintenance. Unless a glass pain or seal breaks, your windows will remain productive throughout their lifetime. Most manufacturers offer warranties that will cover things like broken seals and resulting condensation damage.

Since energy efficient windows are so worry-free you can concentrate your time and effort toward making your home as energy efficient as possible. Some ideas to increase energy efficiency include planting shade trees on the east and west sides of your home, installing awnings over your windows, caulking all spaces around doors and windows, installing skylights and solar panels, adding insulation to your attic and around your air ducts, installing a digital thermostat for your heating and cooling system, making sure air vents and registers are unobstructed by furniture or draperies, ensuring that there is adequate air flow underneath interior doors to allow air to travel to the return vent, installing ceiling fans or whole house fans to circulate the cool air in the summer and push down warm air in the winter, and installing other energy efficient appliances in your home such as hot water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, heat pumps, washing machines, and dryers.

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