schucco window:Condensation a sign of need to replace?

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schucco window:Condensation a sign of need to replace?

#1 Post by vdotmatrix » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:49 am

I live in Alexandria, VA

We had the triple pane krypton windows installed almost a a year ago.

When it gets cold, the only windows that do a FULL ONE INCH of condensation at the bottom of the top and bottom window(s) are the ones in our Bedroom ( and no-there ain't anything going on in there to be foggin up the bedroom! )(LOL)...

We have 2 windows in the room, an East facing and a South Facing.

All the other windows, in the house do not do this to the extent that it does in our bedroom, and some windows not at all.

Can there be a problem here?

Vincent

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#2 Post by FenEx » Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:28 am

Do you have blinds or shades that are often closed on these windows? If so, keep them cracked open a bit to allow air flow behind them. Also, do you have an adjacent master bath that you typically use for showering? Aprroximately a gallon of water from a 5 gallon shower ends up in the air as water vapor through steam and hanging wet towels. This may contribute to increased levels of humidity in that area... run the fan for 15 minutes or so afterwards. Oh, and close the toilet seat too, any sources of standing water will also add to the humidity, especially when they are a few feet away from a heating register. Not such a pleasant thought of breathing toilet water vapor is it. <imagining all the readers running to put the lids down now>

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#3 Post by Window4U (IL) » Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:57 am

Just an addition to FenEx's informative post...
On the blinds or shades, make sure there is an opening at the top of the shade or blind for air to flow freely from behind as well as the bottom. You want warm air to circulate behind the blinds or shades.
The more you cover up the windows, the colder they get. The colder they get, the easier condensation can form.
Shades and blinds are for privacy and light control, not for insulation on modern energy efficient windows.

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#4 Post by vdotmatrix » Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:44 am

FenEx wrote:Do you have blinds or shades that are often closed on these windows? If so, keep them cracked open a bit to allow air flow behind them. Also, do you have an adjacent master bath that you typically use for showering? Aprroximately a gallon of water from a 5 gallon shower ends up in the air as water vapor through steam and hanging wet towels. This may contribute to increased levels of humidity in that area... run the fan for 15 minutes or so afterwards. Oh, and close the toilet seat too, any sources of standing water will also add to the humidity, especially when they are a few feet away from a heating register. Not such a pleasant thought of breathing toilet water vapor is it. <imagining all the readers running to put the lids down now>


No adjacent bath but the Next Day Blinds are typically drawn down to the sill, but that is the case in all the other rooms-I will monitor this much closer and report as things develope.

Thanks FenX

Vincent

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