If you see ice or frost forming on your windows, it can end up having negative impacts on your home. This frost can damage your home and negatively impact your family’s health. This is what you should do if you have frosty windows and prevent any condensation from forming on them.

The Causes

In the winter, the cold air outside will cool your windows. Then, the warm air inside of your home will come into contact with the cool glass, which occurs if there is not enough insulation, or it’s insufficient, then the vapour will condense on it and form frost patterns. However, if your indoor air is humid, the water will condense, and this condensation will freeze into ice droplets.

The Impact

If you leave this unchecked, then the first and the ice forming on your windows can cause permanent damage over time. When the ice melts, it will turn into water that can penetrate your windows and windowsill and cause warping on the window frames if they are wooden. Plus, the moisture will be able to seep into the walls of your home, which can lead to things like rot and other structural damages. If this happens, mould and mildew are more likely to form and thrive, which can cause serious health risks to you and your family.

How to Prevent this

One of the main factors in preventing frost buildup from occurring on your windows is insulation. Single-pane windows have the least efficient insulation and are more prone to frost. Double pane windows are better at keeping cold air out and warm air inside. Double-pane and triple-pane windows are much better at keeping cold air out and warm air inside.

You can also control the humidity inside, which can also help prevent this. You can do this by:

1. Ventilating

Always use ventilation fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen while you cook. Be sure that your dryer vent expels all the air outside. Open some windows on mild winter days to help improve your home’s ventilation as well.

2. Repair plumbing issues

It is good to check for leaks since having a dripping faucet will add to the humidity in your home.

3. Keep things dry inside

Avoid over-watering your plants, air-drying laundry or storing any firewood inside. These can increase the amount of humidity inside.

4. Prevent runoff

It is a good idea to place a rolled-up towel at the base of your windows to help absorb any melting ice before it can run down the walls.

If you plan to upgrade or looking for replacement windows, consider getting a bay vinyl window on a south-facing wall. This will help you bring in more sunlight and warmth into the home, which can contribute to making dryer conditions.

You can keep warm this winter by updating any older windows. At Concord Windows and Doors, we have a lot of experience installing and supplying windows and doors in the Concord area.