Condensation - a thing of the past?

Single glazed windows are prone to condensation.

Most people can recall growing up in a home that had single glazed windows where this was regularly a problem, especially in the bedrooms. Besides the mould on the walls, it accelerated rotting, peeling and cracking of the timber sills and frames.

It occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with a cooler surface. Warm air holds more moisture than cool air, so when the warm air hits the cooler frame and window glass, the water vapour immediately condenses on the surfaces.

This will cause drips to run down the glass and onto the window sill. The colder the glass of the window, the more likely there will be condensation.

Air leakage can also be a contributing factor to this problem. If warm moist air leaks through cracks around windows or doors in winter, mould will be thriving on the inside of the wall and window frame.

Rotting walls and dripping window panes promote mould in the home and is not a healthy environment! This mould buildup may even trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people.

It can almost be entirely eradicated by the use of Green Energy double glazed windows rather than single glazed windows.

• Select windows and doors with a low U-factor such as double glazed CôsE glass.
• Windows and doors should be selected with “warm-edge” spacers and insulating frames such as composite and vinyl material

• Non-thermal metal frames, which conduct heat and cold, should be avoided.

Green Energy double glazed windows incorporate “warm-edge spacers” and insulated frames which keep the inside surfaces of the whole assembly warmer making condensation almost a thing of the past.

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