Windows play an important role in regulating the temperature inside of your house. They keep the cool air out in the winter, and the warm air out in the summer. A key aspect of window performance is the integrity of the window seal. The window seal keeps the insulating gas that is inserted between double- and triple-paned windows in place and stops the transfer of air from the exterior to the interior of your home. If your window seal is compromised, you might experience irregular temperatures and increased heating and cooling costs. Luckily, there are easy-to-recognize signs that can tip you off to window seal failure.
If moisture begins to form between the panes of your window, it’s time to take a closer look. When the seal of a window is broken, the interior is exposed to outdoor temperatures and humidity. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause moisture to accumulate inside of the window in the form of condensation, fog, and even frost.
A damaged seal can also result in draftiness around the edges of the windows. There are multiple ways to determine if your window has a draft. You can check with your hand, hold a paper towel next to the window to see if it moves, or place a candle near the window frame to see if it flickers.
When windows are difficult to open and close, it may be because the pane has shifted causing the frame to become misshapen. Since hard to open and close windows is a common sign of several window issues, it’s best to have the window inspected to confirm that the seal is broken.
Debris Between the Frames
If the seal of a window breaks, it’s possible for critters and debris to make their way in between the panes. If you notice any dirt, bugs, or water marks in between the windowpanes, it’s likely that the seal has been compromised.
The best options when it comes to broken window seals are to either replace the entire window – or if the window frame is in good enough shape – only the glass itself (known as an IGU). Replacing only the glass is known as a reglaze, and it’s one of True View’s specialties (not to mention typically significantly cheaper than replacing the entire window)!
True View can help you choose the best option for your home, and will help ensure that your windows are as efficient as possible, keeping your family comfortable and your energy costs down. If you believe you have a window with a broken seal, contact True View today for a free in-home consultation.