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Condensation and Window Choices

Condensation and Window Choices

All homes produce a level of moisture caused by regular activities like laundry, dishwashing, cooking, and so on. This moisture then produces water vapor in the air, commonly known as humidity. When any interior space generates a high enough level of humidity, this moisture condenses and produces a “fog” when it touches a colder surface. This is commonly seen as a foggy mirror after a hot shower.

Window Choices

Ventilation is an important factor in maintaining low levels of humidity. Humidity can affect the air quality and energy efficiency of your home. While there will always be more humid areas in your home than others, the right window style installed by an expert general contractor can help alleviate this problem.

Here are some of the common window styles for high-moisture areas of your home.

Composite Shutters

Commonly referred to as composite blinds or faux wood blinds, composite shutters are usually made of wood fiber mixed with extruded hollow vinyl. Its water resistance properties make it ideal for high-moisture areas in your home, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Moisture can cause real wood to shrink and become disfigured, but composite windows can withstand high amounts of moisture from a shower or nearby faucet.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are often large and open completely either inward or outward via hinges fitted vertically to the sides. This type of window replacement can be fully and widely opened, allowing air to efficiently circulate. This makes it especially suitable for areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and attic. These areas are where ventilation and natural light are crucial.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are much like casement windows with one minor difference. As opposed to a pivot which hinges on the side, awning windows have hinges that pivot at the top. Despite limited placement options, awning windows can be placed higher in walls, providing natural light and ventilation without compromising privacy.

Double Hung Windows

The unique benefit double hung replacement windows offer is that they also provide great ventilation, but one you can control. This is because you can open both the top and bottom sashes, drawing in cool, fresh air from the bottom and expelling warm, stale air from the top. This helps enhance your indoor air quality and while also resulting in a naturally cooler home.

Offering ENERGY STAR®-rated windows, look to 3JM Exteriors, Inc. to help you take control of your Naperville, IL, home’s energy budget. These products are designed with energy efficiency in mind, so you can continue to live comfortably in your home without leaving you broke when paying your utility bills. Contact us at (630) 882-2422 to learn more about window ventilation now.