You should be concerned if your windows freeze shut during winter, as it can be a safety hazard, and may even cause long-term damage to the windows themselves. Your local window replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares tips on how to keep your windows from freezing.
Keep Window Condensation to a Minimum
Indoor air tends to be dry during the winter season. If you have an indoor humidifier, chances are it’s turned up to make up for low humidity levels. Combined with cooking, washing dishes, and hot showers, condensation on the windows would be fairly common. If your windows are properly sealed, condensation shouldn’t be a problem. However, condensation on drafty and/or leaky windows is a different matter, as the water droplets could freeze and damage your windows.
To address the condensation problem, reduce your indoor humidifier output, and make sure the sensors are properly calibrated. Make it a habit to use the bathroom exhaust fan and the kitchen range hood to prevent steam from collecting indoors. If you need to vent humid indoor air using your windows, do so during the day to minimize heat loss. If you have leaky or drafty windows, consult a window installation expert to determine whether you need repairs or if you need new windows.
Apply Weatherstripping and Caulk
Inspect your windows for worn-out weatherstripping and caulk to ensure proper seal around the windows. This helps reduce leaks that would otherwise allow drafts, raise your indoor heating bills, and possibly freeze parts of the window. Most types of windows have replaceable weatherstripping that’s usually made of rubber. If your windows have ones that are made of metal, you will need a replacement window professional to replace it. Caulking is fairly easy to replace, though you may first want to practice getting an even bead. Also, make sure the installation areas are clean, with the old caulk scraped and removed.
Treat With De-Icer Spray
In the event that you find ice on your windows, spray de-icer and allow a few minutes for the ice to melt. You may need to do this several times depending on the severity of the ice formation. If you run out of de-icer, a solution made of 70% isopropyl alcohol, 30% water, and a few drops of dish soap works just as well. Make sure the de-icer is sprayed on a ventilated area, as it needs ventilation to work.
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