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Why do I have condensation on my windows?

This is a common question we hear from homeowners who are considering
window replacement or have recently had windows replaced.  window condensation

Window condensation can be irritating and worrisome. Condensation can be damaging to items in your home such as wood windows, wood molding, and plaster.
But as odd as this may sound, having condensation on the inside of your windows actually indicates that your windows are working as they should. In fact, once old windows are replaced with new quality windows, condensation might be more noticeable than it was with your old drafty windows. I will explain this but first let me explain what window condensation really is.

Condensation is moisture in the air that deposits onto a cold surface. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air. When temperatures start to drop, warm air within
your house comes into contact with cool glass surfaces. Water vapor that can no longer be held by the cooled air and is deposited on the glass.

Windows do not cause condensation, they just happen to be the place where moisture is most visible because they are typically the coldest surface in your home.

Condensation is most likely a sign of excess moisture or humidity levels in the home. There is humidity inside every home and it is caused by a great number of every day activities. Cooking, baths and showers, doing the laundry, running dishwashers, storing and burning firewood, pets, fish tanks, plants, clothes dryers that are not vented properly and many other items contribute to indoor humidity levels.

The construction and insulation materials that are used in newer or remodeled homes are designed to keep cold air outside. This is especially true of new windows. New energy efficient windows will keep cold air outside meaning that they also keep warm moist air inside. Windows that are drafty or less energy efficient would allow the warm moist air to escape. So, if your new windows are showing condensation more than your old ones it is likely because they are more airtight – less air is entering your home from the outside. Your drafty older windows evaporated the moisture before it could collect on the window surface.

To reduce condensation on your windows, you should reduce the humidity levels in your home. There are several steps you can take, including:

  • Using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Turning off home humidifiers for the winter
  • Run a dehumidifier
  • Store firewood outside
  • Don't air-dry clothes inside
  • Open blinds and drapes
  • Purchase an indoor humidity monitor to maintain ideal levels
  • Open a window for a short time
  • Increase ventilation
  • Increase the temperature of your windows

Interior window condensation is a clue that excess moisture is present and may lead to rotting wood and molding, deteriorating insulation and other factors. Excessive indoor moisture or humidity are not the result of your windows, new or old.

Don't let drafty windows crank your energy bills this winter. Tony's Lifetime Exteriors installs quality Walsh Window Systems all year round that are Energy Star rated. This means the highest value for your home. Call today for your free quote: (320) 252-9086.

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Warm Windows For Harsh Climates

Warm Windows For Harsh ClimatesTony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) proudly installs locally-owned Walsh Window Systems, manufacturer of high-quality windows for over 60 years. Your heating is only as good as your windows and doors, and an investment in Walsh Windows quickly pays for itself. All Walsh Windows carry the Energy Star label, and many have even higher ratings. Many colors and styles are available in:

  • Bay or bow windows
  • Casement windows
  • Double hung
  • Slider
  • Steel entry doors

Trust the experts at Tony's Lifetime Exteriors to expertly install your new quality windows. Proper installation is as important as the product itself for maximum results. Call today for your free estimate and keep the outdoors where it belongs this winter: (320) 252-9086.

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Window Into Spring

Window Into Spring Sauk Rapids, MNSpring is here, and Tony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) is on hand to install your replacement windows in time for summer! Spring is the perfect time for installing replacement windows—the weather isn't too hot, and you won't be using that a/c too much yet. Replacing worn windows with high-quality Walsh Windows assures your Energy Star rating, and will greatly increase the energy-efficiency and value of your home. Bring the outdoors in this spring and create a beautiful expansion of your space with new casement windows or sliders. Increase your viewing area, allow in more light, and make the most of mother nature with gorgeous, custom-made Walsh Windows. Best of all, this month you get a free foam and sash upgrade with your Walsh Window orders. Now is the time to spring into new views with Tony's Lifetime Exteriors! Call us today for your free estimate: (320) 252-9086.

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Can Windows Really Save Me Money?

Can Windows Really Save Me Money?The short answer is yes, definitely! Tony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) offers many incentives for you to replace your windows with high-quality, durable windows from Walsh Windows. Are you aware your windows are your biggest energy wasters in your home? The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) studies have shown that up to 70% of your heat and 46% of your air conditioning go right out your windows. That's a lot! If you're debating replacing your windows, now is the perfect time to do it. You are already paying for new windows by leaching all that energy...make the smart choice and get your premium Walsh Windows now. Look for the Energy Star label to ensure the best quality and insulation for your money! Call Tony's Lifetime Exteriors today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-9086. Your home, and your energy bills will thank you!

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Why Foam Filled Sashes and Frames?

Why Foam Filled Sashes and Frames?Tony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) built its reputation being dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. We use superior quality products and offer expert services designed to give you the best value for your money. Tony's window and Siding Contractors are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced in the business. Our free upgrade of foam filled sashes and frames with every Walsh Windows order during March and April is a huge additional value for your home. Many vinyl windows come with some sort of insulation in their frame members. Injection foam filling, when properly installed, is usually the most energy-efficient since it completely fills in the frame cavities. This better insulates your home and offers much higher energy-efficiency. Your attic and walls are insulated to increase your home's energy-efficiency, so make sure your windows are, too! Take advantage of this great offer today and give your home the best quality windows with free foam filled sashes and frames March and April. Call Tony's Lifetime Exteriors today: (320) 252-9086.

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Condensing the Facts

Tony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) knows that window condensation is a big concern among homeowners. We are here to help you condense the facts on condensation! First and foremost, understand that most times, condensation has nothing to do with your windows, and everything to do with the amount of humidity in your home. Reducing humidity is the key to reducing condensation. Seeing condensation on your windows is an indication that there is too much humidity in your home, and windows just make it easier to spot, being the coldest surface in your home. Condensation on windows means condensation in your walls, which causes another host of issues. Airing out your home, using a dehumidifier, minimizing indoor plants, and running exhaust fans can all help cut down on humidity in your home. When you have questions, trust the professionals. Call Tony's Lifetime Exteriors at (320) 252-9086 for more information.

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Window Treatment

Window TreatmentFew choices are more important to your home than its windows. That's why Tony's Lifetime Exteriors (Sauk Rapids, MN) has the expert staff on hand to give you superior window treatment. Whether you are replacing old windows or adding new ones, Tony's Lifetime Exteriors offers warm windows for harsh climates. We primarily use Walsh Window Systems, which offer better performance than its competitors. With increased condensation resistance and increased inside glass temperature, you will save on heating and cooling costs with Walsh Windows. Tony's has a wide selection of styles available including bay, casement, double hung, slider, and steel entry doors. Enhance the beauty and value of your home with window installation from Tony's Lifetime Exteriors. Call (320)-252-9086 today.

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