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The reasons of drafts and fungus of your vinyl windows

Apr 15th 2015 at 8:08 AM

Many of us have faced with the condensate on the vinyl windows, that turns to fungus. Also even you have performed vinyl window replacement drafts can still be an unpleasant surprise.

Today we are going to talk about these problems and ways to get rid of them.

The cause of the condensate is the dew point. The dew point depends on two factors: humidity and temperature. The higher the humidity is, the lower the temperature is, the higher is the likelihood of condensation.

Humidity in the room is distributed more or less evenly, so the condensate falls on the coldest surface, which is in the room is the glass (in the bathroom mirror).

Old wooden window had many cracks through which fresh air from the street get into the room. As a consequence, the humidity in the room was falling and the likelihood of misting windows has lowered.

Condensation says about climate problems. Due to the increased formation of various types of moisture fungus, molds and certain bacteria.

It also indirectly indicates poor ventilation, the cluster of carbon dioxide in the air and the presence of harmful substances emitted by surrounding objects (furniture, person, etc.). As a result, people living in these areas can have headaches, they are more likely to suffer from colds.

How to get rid of the condensation? Here are 2 options:

  1. To increase the temperature. Install the 2-pane glass with energy-saving glazing, make sure that the blackout curtains do not cover the battery, the battery is not closed decorative screen, window sill does not cover the battery.

  2. Reduces moisture. To do this you need to constantly ventilate the room, set the supply air valve, get rid of moisture sources (aquarium, potted flowers, leaks in pipes), make sure that hood is working.

If you got rid of old wooden windows, but still suffer from drafts there are several option to pay attention to:

  • Is loose leaf.

To improve the pressing of the sash window fittings must be adjusted. Doing it by yourself is not recommended, because it can turn to a complete failure. To adjust the accessories you need to call a specialist.

  • Winter and summer mode of the sash.

The degree of pressing the sash on the vinyl box is regulated. In the winter it requires a tighter clamp, but the clamp should be weaken in the summer, because it prolongs the life of rubber and allows fresh air into the room. In the event of a draft the solution can be translating fitting windows from summer to winter mode, in which the clamp of the window increases.

  • Faulty installation.

The worst case is when a draft is a blame of poor-quality installation: improper arrangement of assembly seam and improperly installed slopes. These defects should be corrected by the company, which has installed windows.

  • Voids under reflux.

Just the reason of drafts can be the absence of foam at low tide, but it is not difficult to fix. You just need to lift the ebb and fill the space under it with construction foam.

Kevin Ross, independent blogger and construction expert gives recommendations using information from infographic on how to replace windows in your Atlanta home.

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