So this is the first winter in my new house and with temperatures dipping below zero, I'm starting to accrue frost on the inside of my windows. My inside temp is 72 and humidity is around 20%.
Is there an easy way to fix this before it saturated the wood around the glass?
"new house"? Your window is single plane and there is gap in the frame to let air in otherwise it cannot be this serious, this is a fucked up window install, you will need to replace the entire frame if you ever hope to fix this, no amount of plastic sheeting will protect you from single plane glass plus a non-standard shit frame
My guess is you have no insulation around your windows.Caulk around the outside of the window frame. Fill any cracks well.Then check your seal on the check rail. Which is where the top and bottom sash meet. Make sure if it interlocks that, that's what it's doing. Next check all the other seals around the sash and on the sides. A good way to check for leaks is use a candle and go around the sash frames. You may be able to remove the sash then, remove the track if it's vinyl. Then put some insulation back there. You should probably pull the trim inside and insulate around the window. If you own the house I would strongly suggest getting new windows with insulated glass or fitted storm windows. You can make them as well.
another thing is make sure the seal on the bottom of the bottom sash is clean, tight and sitting flat.And when checking all of those insulating seals make sure they're in their tracks and not bunched up.
There is not much gain vs profit in triple paned windows.
Say a single pane cost $1.00 and had an R value of 1. An a double pane with argon gas between the panes is $3.00 with an R value of 4. And a triple pane is $8.00 with gas and an R value of 6.
Sure you get 2 extra points. But you also lose some of the heat from the sunlight as well and that can also help you warm your house.
Heavy curtains are good for holding in heat too.
Ok calm down guys lets start with a simple fix then move from there. OP you need to run some caulk on the inside AND outside of the window. There is water getting in, and it's cold so the water is freezing. Just caulk up your window pane and it should fix the problem.
>Ok calm down guys lets start with a simple fix then move from there. OP you need to run some caulk on the inside AND outside of the window. There is water getting in, and it's cold so the water is freezing.
the window GLASS is getting so cold that the water condensing on it is freezing.
Yea, it is not good for the window.
But no, it's not due to poor insulation in the wall around the window--it's the thermal loss of the window glass itself.
You can put plastic over the inside to control drafts off the cold glass. That might help your furnace run less but it's not going to do anything for the window.
Triple-pane / thermal / frost-free windows cost a lot but they are made specifically to not do this. Other windows cost less, and aren't.
i live in a 100+ year old farm house in michigan, i put plastic on the outside of some windows(north and west facing) and shrink tight plastic on the inside of all my windows. i also stack hay bales around the field stone foundation to keep wind and blowing snow out.
my house has newer windows, but they were installed by incompetent people before i bought the place. the windows themselves dont leak, but the air flows in around the window frames because they weren't sealed or insulated properly when installed.
yep. except condense. as long as air tight, then any condensation (minimal because no thermal mass) will be on the plastic as soon as the water from the humidity in the air trapped in that pocket is gone.