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Old 01-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Extreme condensation on single pane windows


OK, I'm getting a little burned about my windows and the condensation I am getting on most, if not all, of them. I have actually had a couple instances where the water will pool on the sill to a point where it will then run off and down my wall. This does not usually happen, but the worst of the windows constantly has water on it. None of the windows will currently open (I'm guessing they are frozen shut). My grandpa was worried about excess humity, so he brought over a little humidistat. I was suprised to find that we remained in the "comfort zone" no matter what we did. So now here I am, wondering how I should proceed. Will new windows fix my issue? My specifics are below.

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- The house must be 40-50 years old. The windows are wood frame, single pane glass. I do not have the storm windows on because I'm heating with wood and don't mind the small air leaks providing fresh air into the house. Also, the storms are a pain to put on because it looks like they were retrofitted and you have to screw something in to "clamp" them to the wood frame.
- I have a wood furnace in my basement that is connected to the duct system. The house is usually kept between 70-74.
- I require my family to run the bathroom fans (although they may be a little undersized for the room) whenever they shower or take a bath. They refer to me as the "Fan Nazi".
- I know my roof does not have adequate ventilation. There is only ridge vent over the garage and I think the previous owners might have plugged up the gaps between the soffit and the roof with insulation. This will all be remedied this summer when I re-roof the house.
- I run a dehumidifier in the basement during the spring-fall months to eliminate the typical basement smell.

A few things I have already tried: leaving the main blower on for my natural gas furnace for a few hours, leaving the bathroom fans on when we are not even showering, running a dehumidifier for a week. None of these have seemed to help the massive condensation issue.

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The house must be 40-50 years old. The windows are wood frame, single pane glass. I do not have the storm windows on because I'm heating with wood and don't mind the small air leaks providing fresh air into the house. Also, the storms are a pain to put on because it looks like they were retrofitted and you have to screw something in to "clamp" them to the wood frame.
Ayuh,.... Anywhere there's a major Temp difference on 2 sides of a surface, there'll be Condensation,...

If you're to lazy to install the stormwindows, It's to be Expected...

Either put the storms on, or update to Better windows that don't need the storms...

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Ayuh,.... Anywhere there's a major Temp difference on 2 sides of a surface, there'll be Condensation,...

If you're to lazy to install the stormwindows, It's to be Expected...

Either put the storms on, or update to Better windows that don't need the storms...
Thanks! I'll clean everything up tonight and throw the storms back on and see what happens. I guess when the house gets too warm I'll just open the doors for a little while and cool it back down. Problem is, then the kids think they can do that in summer time when my AC is running!
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