“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” This saying can be applied to window damage as well as human discomfort.
Uncontrolled moisture levels can do a lot of damage to different parts of your homes, including windows. Fortunately, certain types of windows are better suited to withstanding high levels of humidity than others. Read on as we recommend the best types of windows for humid climates:
Humidity and heat are the two main ingredients in the recipe for condensation. Combine high humidity levels with a steep temperature gradient between the two sides of the panes, and you’re guaranteed to have condensation. The temperature difference is key to preventing this potential problem, and double-hung windows are best at controlling outside airflow to help meet the temperature imbalance.
High moisture environments are often located close to a large body of water, or around places with a warmer climate. If you live in the former, then you’ll appreciate the view sliding windows give as well as the feeling of openness they lend your home.
Some people are wary of sliding windows in high moisture areas because rust tends to make the sliding mechanism and latch stick. However, our Renewal by Andersen windows make use of rust-resistant sliders and latches to help prevent this problem.
Casement windows are great replacement windows for places with high humidity and moisture levels. The monodirectional opening is optimized to balance out temperature imbalances, preventing condensation issues from occurring.
To find out more about which window styles are best suited for homes in humid areas, give our professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Central Pennsylvania a call today. You may reach us at (717) 306-9448 for a free in-home consultation. We serve Lancaster, PA, and nearby areas.