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Why Are My Windows Fogging? - Gilkey Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 09 Jun, 2015
We often get calls from customers wanting to know “Why is my windows fogging?” Many times people think the windows are to blame for the excess condensation. This is simply not true. The extra water at your windows is because of the high humidity in the home. The cool glass is where it lands and is visible. Here are a few things you should know about why there is condensation at your windows.

How Much Condensation Is Too Much?

If your windows fog up in the corner from time to time, that is usually not a problem. If on the other hand your entire window fogs up or you see pools of water in the windowsill, you have a problem that needs addressed. Homes today are built better and “tighter” than homes 20 years ago. We also have better appliances and more energy efficient heaters and appliances and more energy efficient windows that allow more moisture to remain in the home. Homes are built tighter with less cracks and outside air seeping in. This is good for your utility bill but causes the moisture to remain in your home. 

Where Does the Moisture Come From?

Moisture in your home comes from a variety of places. Each person in your home generates some moisture. Moisture also comes from showers, appliances, laundry and dishwashing. A family of four can generate close to 20 gallons of water each month. This water vapor or humidity is invisible in the air.

When Is Condensation Normal?

You can expect condensation after new construction. New homes are open to the elements for some time and have excess moisture. Usually this condensation disappears after one winter season that the heater is used. There will be condensation at your windows when the temperature changes drastically at once. Also during the summer months, your home will accumulate moisture. This built up humidity will show up at the beginning of winter.  

Is Window Condensation a Problem?

Besides causing water around your windows, you may find the wood around your windows is getting water damage. Water damage can also occur in the drywall and flooring. High humidity will move toward cool dry air. This movement exists and causes the water to pass through wood, plaster and cement; the basic building materials in your home. Cool dry air in the winter pulls the moisture into the building materials and walls in your home. Excessive condensation at the windows is a sign that excess moisture may be damaging areas of your home you aren’t aware of yet. It can go through siding and blister paint. It can also seep into the attic where it may cause water damage in your ceilings. If you notice excess moisture it’s important to take action. Many of the building materials in your home have moisture-blocking materials like varnishes, tile, paint and plastic coverings to protect your home. The problem is this causes your home to retain the moisture and humidity even more.

How Can I Get Rid of Moisture?

If you’re wondering “Why is my windows fogging?” it may be time to take action and keep the humidity down to a minimum. You can help by reducing the moisture and allowing it to escape your home. Here are a few steps you can take:
  1. Open the windows in your home a few minutes each day, especially after running the dishwasher, taking a long shower or doing laundry.
  2. Run ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathroom longer.
  3. Keep your fireplace damper open
  4. Run your heater
  5. Remove or turn off humidifiers
  6. Vent gas burners and clothes dryers
When humidity is a severe problem in your home you can call an electrician or your heating and air company to install ventilation fans, vents for your gas burners, heaters and appliances. 

Foggy Windows in Lexington Homes

If you notice your windows fogging, you can install storm windows with double or triple glazing. Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions can help you determine the best windows for your home. If you have recently replaced your window you may notice new condensation. This is common because older windows are drafty and allow air to enter the home and moisture to escape. New windows fix the draft problem but no longer allow the air and moisture to escape. You can open your windows during the winter a few minutes and run your heater to get rid of the excess moisture. If you have questions about “why are my window fogging?” Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions in Lexington, KY can help.   

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By Elizabeth Burton 13 Jun, 2017
Is it time to freshen up the outside of your home? If so, there’s no better place to start than where your visitors do – at the front door . Make your entryway welcoming, energy-efficient, and safe while maintaining your sense of style. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions of Central Kentucky carries an extensive variety of entryway doors.

A Front Door That Meets Your Needs

Much like windows , doors to the outside can be a major drain on energy efficiency. When selecting a new front door, make sure it is the right size and have it professionally installed to ensure a proper fit to avoid air leaks.

If you have an east- or west-facing front door, take into account the large amount of sunlight it will have to tolerate each day. Steel doors easily withstand the heat and rarely require maintenance. If you don’t have a roof over your front door, consider adding a small roof or awning to cut down on the sun exposure. An added bonus: it will add curb appeal and protect visitors from the elements.

For a front door to be the right fit, it needs to fit within your budget. With the numerous materials used for doors, finding one that’s affordable for you is not hard to do. While solid wood doors tend to be the most expensive, you don’t have to forgo the wood look altogether. Fiberglass doors mimic the look of real wood but aren’t as costly. But be sure you don’t go so cheap that you are sacrificing usefulness, energy-efficiency, or safety.

A Front Door That Fits Your Style

Your front entryway is the first thing people see, even before they come into your home. Make it inviting with a door that fits the style of your home and you.

Front doors can stand alone, be doubled up for a grand entrance, or be flanked by one or two sidelights. Sidelights increase the natural light inside a home, which can be good if you want more light, or bad if you don’t want the extra heat and sunlight in the summer. Adding a new door in a different color or material can give your entryway a new look for less of an investment than changing shutters or siding. It’s also the perfect place to add a wreath or other decoration that can be changed according to the seasons.

For a cohesive look, coordinate your new door and the other items surrounding it. Match the metal finishes of your new door’s hardware with your porch lighting or house numbers if mounted nearby. If you have the space, continue the welcoming look on your front porch with plants and inviting furniture.

Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions in Lexington, Kentucky carries top-quality doors and sidelights from Gilkey, Marvin, and ProVia. They are available with or without glass inserts and come in so many styles there is sure to be more than one to fit your needs. If you’re not sure what you want, our expert project planners are here to help. Stop by our showroom or contact us to schedule an in-home consultation.


By Brian Dean 03 May, 2017

Your front door is often the first thing visitors notice about your home, and is quite literally how they are going to enter your home. Because of this, putting effort into the design and style of your front door is equivalent to making a good first impression on potential visitors. This can manifest in a number of ways, from the size, shape, material, color, and windows of your door, but there is one small detail you may have forgotten: how people are going to signal that they’re at your door. Most contemporary homes have doorbells, and so you may not have thought about alternatives, but the home exterior experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky are here to help you figure out the best way to deck out your front door.

By James Robert Cook 10 Apr, 2017
Your home’s windows are some of the most important features of its architecture. After all, windows are how natural light gets into your home, and so they can have a tangible impact on how your home feels to both you and your family as well as visitors. But, because windows allow natural light into your home, they can also cause some problems as well. Because of this, you will want to make sure that you are controlling the light in your home with window treatments, rather than just leaving them totally bare. If you aren’t sure what the best way is to dress the windows in your home, here are some tips from the window experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
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