Cloudy Windows? The Cause and The Cure
Cloudy windows? Good news – they are not a sign of poor housekeeping. The bad news is that they ARE a sign of defective windows.
What Causes Cloudy Windows?
With the advent of double and even triple pane windows, homeowners are increasingly having trouble with cloudy windows. While these windows are a vast improvement over their single- pane predecessors in terms of energy efficiency, they can lead to this annoying issue. Fun fact: Homeadvisor.com reports that as compared to older, single-pane models, double-paned windows can reduce energy usage by up to 24 percent in cold climates during the winter, and by up to 18 percent in hot climates during the summer.
However, over time, the seals between the panes of a double or triple pane window can fail. When they do, humidity enters this space. As its moisture condenses and later evaporates, it leaves deposits inside the window create clouds. Unfortunately, no amount of elbow grease or cleaning product can fix this problem.
The Fix for Cloudy Windows
What are the options (besides living with it)? Below are your three options, from least to most expensive. Of course, the more you spend on the fix, the better the results.
- Replace the defective glass
- Replace the window sash
- Replace the entire window
If you’re confident in your handyman skills, you may be able to replace the defective glass yourself. Otherwise, you’ll need to call in a professional window company to help with these fixes.
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