What Are Your Windows Telling You?
Windows do more than just provide light, ventilation, and a view of the exterior. If you look and listen, they’ll let you know when something is wrong. Here are five things your windows are trying to tell you:
Your House Is Too Humid
If condensation forms on the interior of the window, especially in the corners or along the bottom, this indicates a high indoor humidity level. Condensation is most likely to occur here when it’s freezing outside because air cools near the glass, causing the moisture it contains to condense into a liquid.
To prevent water damage, open the window slightly for 15 minutes or so, to improve ventilation. Then, avoid this problem in the future by running a dehumidifier, turning on the kitchen and bathroom extractor fans or even venting the tumble dryer to the exterior of your property.
The Window Seal Has Broken
If condensation forms between the sheets of glass, this means the double or triple-pane window has a broken seal. Moisture has found its way in through the leak and caused your windows to mist up. A broken seal negates the insulating benefits of a multi-paned window, so you should have the panel replaced as soon as possible.
The Wood Frame Is Swelling
If you have wooden windows, can they sometimes be difficult to open and close? They could be trying to tell you that the wood has started swelling in response to high humidity. Simply sanding down the wood panes should help them slide more easily all year round despite changes in the weather.
The Window Needs to Be Cleaned
When a casement window becomes difficult to open and close, it likely means the moving hinges and parts need to be oiled or replaced. A sliding window may grate along the track if external debris has collected there. This is easy to remedy by quickly vacuuming the track with a brush attachment. Sticky door or window seals can also cause windows of all types to stick. Wipe them with a damp cloth to restore smooth operation.
There’s A Water Leak Somewhere
Your first thought might be that, if water is getting in through the window during the rain, it isn’t closing tightly. This could be the problem if water collects in the track. But if the leak is located at the top of the window, water is probably getting in through the roof and dripping down the wall to the window. Don’t ignore this because it could lead to mould growth, poor air quality, and structural problems.
If you have any questions about your doors or windows then please do get in touch. As with everything else in the home, they do need a little maintenance. And whilst the windows we supply and fit at SCI are relatively maintenance free, there may be a little work required to keep them in tip top condition. Keep an eye on any changes and please call us if you have any problems.