When people have impact windows installed in their home for the first time, they may notice moisture or “sweating” around the windows from time to time. Because of this, many people believe that these storm-resistant windows have a negative effect on a home’s ventilation. But, is this true, or just a myth? How do hurricane windows affect ventilation?
The Common Causes of Condensation
If you have had hurricane windows installed and you notice sweating on the glass, it may be due to a faulty installation. However, before you call the firm that installed your windows, you can perform a simple check to ensure the windows were installed correctly. If you cannot see any water droplets on the exterior panes of glass on your impact windows, they were installed correctly. So, what may be the cause?
The most likely cause of sweating is improper ventilation in the home. While hurricane windows aren’t the cause of poor ventilation, they do play a role. That’s because when a home has impact windows and doors installed, it is adding a strong seal not just against hurricane winds getting in, but also air getting out.
Impact windows are constructed with heavy-duty frames often constructed of durable aluminum, and impact-resistant laminated glass. This glass is laminated with a special silicone glazing which keeps the glass breaking in the same way traditional glass might. This means the windows are exceptionally strong and rated to withstand direct impact from a two-by-four. So, if a huge chunk of wood can’t get in, neither can air!
How to Solve Ventilation Issues
If you are experiencing condensation in your home after having impact windows and doors installed, it is essential to check your home’s existing ventilation to ensure excess moisture can escape. Make sure that all ducts, such as those above the stove, dryer, and dishwasher are free from obstructions and debris. Also, make sure any extractor fans you may have in your kitchen or bathrooms are free from dust or build-up, so moisture in these wet areas can escape as designed. Of course, you can always also open your impact windows to improve the air circulation in your home. After all, sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the air conditioning and let those warm Florida breezes blow through.
Call ASP Windows Today
Impact windows provide your home with a wide range of benefits. These include reduced insurance premiums, decreased energy loss – meaning big energy savings – and of course, safety from hurricanes. If you are looking to replace your tired old doors and windows, call ASP Windows today.
At ASP Windows, we have an unrivaled selection of the highest-quality impact windows, doors and security glass to ensure your home is not only energy efficient but secure. We’re a local and family-owned company, so we know what it means to live in South Florida during hurricane season. If you are considering replacing your old-fashioned windows and doors, give us a call anytime at (888) 782-8342 to get started.