Double-paned windows often fog due to window seals slowly failing. While the fog may appear to be only an annoyance, it can trap moisture in your home and lead to mold growth. So, when you see fog accumulating, it is time to consider window replacement in Alaska. Here are four options for handling fog:
- Replace the window: This is the most expensive option, but it is a complete solution. Your new windows will contain the seals to keep fog away, and moisture will no longer accumulate around your windows. This may be necessary if a household member is especially vulnerable to mold. However, if you only need to replace one or two windows, this may not be cost effective—you save more money per window if you replace them all at once. It may be prudent to investigate repair measures if you only need to address this problem with a few windows.
- Replace sashes: Window sashes are the framed part of a window that holds the glass in place. You likely have sashes if your home is equipped with double-hung windows, although if your home is older, the upper sash may be fixed in place. This work requires less effort and fewer new parts than a whole window replacement. Like window replacement, it is also a complete solution. The only drawback is finding companies willing to perform the work, since they make more money replacing and installing windows than addressing sashes. However, if you contact the company that installed your windows, they are often willing to perform this job.
- Defogging: This lower-cost option is very effective and removes the fog. Defogging involves drilling tiny holes in the window, applying cleaning solutions inside to dry and, finally, installing vents in the holes. This allows air to escape so fog never accumulates. The only issue with defogging is it never replaces the sealant gas, so it is not considered a complete solution. However, windows were never airtight in the first place, and it is estimated that they lose one percent of their gas per year. So, if the only end you desire is no longer dealing with fog, this is a good solution.
- Leave it alone: If window fog is not a concern, you have the option of merely ignoring it. You will face two impacts if you choose this route: impaired view and lower energy value. A foggy view may not matter if the window faces a less attractive area or you keep blinds closed most of the time. Lower energy value will affect your utility bills in the long run. If you upgraded windows to make your home efficient, allowing fog to remain will conflict with that goal. Also, you must wipe down the moisture occasionally to prevent mold growth. Just know that when you are ready to address replacement, we will be here to help you!
Replacement Glass has been serving customers since 1970, providing high-quality window replacement in Alaska. If it is time to fight the fog and install better glass, call us today to schedule an estimate.