Do your windows ice up whenever the deep freeze arrives in Louisville? Ann’s do.
Door Store and Windows owner Ann Gregory owns an older home in St. Matthews – a Cape Cod house built in the 1940s. It’s a modest 1700 square feet home with 31 windows. Like many of our customers – to stay within her home improvement budget – Ann is replacing windows throughout her house gradually.
When subzero temperatures from the “polar vortex” blew into Louisville last year, she took pictures of windows located in her upstairs bedroom.
This first and second pictures are of original windows covered with ice after the first night of subzero temperatures. When the moisture (humidity) in the house hit the icy cold window panes, a thick layer of ice formed on the inside of the windows. It was so thick Ann couldn’t scrape the ice off with her fingernail.
In that same room, the Door Store and Windows had replaced one of the front windows with a double hung window by Marvin Windows and Doors (third photo). No ice. None at all.
Unlike the original single glazed window, her new window had insulated glass (two or more layers of glass), the single most important barrier to cold and heat. This window also has LowE coatings and argon gas which take the energy efficiency improvement to a higher level. And, of course, a good window replacement installation eliminated drafts around the window frame.
Ann’s icy window is a symptom of a bigger problem – the poor insulating capabilities of her older windows. The problem wasn’t so obvious until the windows iced up. It’s important to note that the symptom might go away when the temperatures rise, but the overall problem will not. Ann plans to replace her old windows soon.
If you have had this problem, you have very leaky windows resulting in a cold house. We can fix it.