Tips for Preventing Ice and Frost on Windows
With winter upon us, we are bound to experience a drastic drop in the temperature which could lead to frost on windows. While window frost is pretty, especially during the holiday seasons, it could actually be a problem if it builds up excessively.
If you notice a great deal of frost accumulation on your windows, it could be a sign that you need window replacement. Check out our site for window sizes and prices.
What Causes Frost on Windows?
Frost is a common issue that can turn out to be a problem if not resolved in time. Ice on inside of windows is a clear indicator that this has become a pressing problem. Frost and ie can lead to structural damage on both the window and the frame itself. This can lead to growth of mold and mildew which is a health risk. It is important to resolve the issue before it becomes a major problem.
Humidity., or the water vapour that causes the air to feel heavy, forms condensation on windows. In the colder month, when temperatures drop a great deal, condensation then turns to frost or ice. It can form on both the outside and inside of your windows. However, as stated above, it becomes a more serious problem when it starts to form inside the home.
How to Prevent Frost on Windows
Here are some steps homeowners can take to prevent frost from forming on their windows.
- Ensure that all plumbing and gas appliances are free from damage and leaks. When gas appliances or piping is damaged, it can release water vapour into the air. Repair any issues as soon as you spot them.
- Place all indoor plants in one room. Do not water them exactly as this will cause excess moisture to be trapped in the air.
- Do not allow clothes to air dry in your home. If this is avoidable, run your clothes though the dryer before having to remove any extra moisture.
- Do not store firewood inside your home.
- Stick a rolled up towel in the windows to absorb an extra moisture.
- Use a dehumidifier in rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms that often have excessive amounts of moisture.
- Install a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
After taking all of the above precautions, if you still have excessive ice and frost on your windows, it may be time for retrofit or full frame window replacement. Installing energy efficient and insulated windows such as double or triple glazed windows can prevent frost on windows. In addition, double and triple pane vinyl windows can reduce your energy costs greatly and help keep your home at a steady and comfortable temperature any time of the year.
If you are having issues with frost on windows, call Total Home Windows and Doors. We can give you tips on how to prevent ice and frost. As well, we can assess your windows to see if you need window replacement.