In an upstairs room that is slowly being transformed into a bathroom (and, to the chagrin of my family, I do mean ssslllooowwwllly), there is a window above the stairs that frosts whenever the temperature drops below freezing.
We love this window because we can immediately tell how cold it is outside by the amount of frost covering it. In the 20’s, about a quarter of the window. In the teens, about half the window, In the single digits, about 75 percent. And at below zero, it is a full sheet of ice. In the picture above, it was 6 degrees.
Of course, it’s no secret that we aren’t fans of vinyl siding or windows. And I can tell you that we don’t get this magical effect from the unfortunate few vinyl windows we have that were installed by the previous owner.
In our zeal for “energy efficiency,” we have lost these unexpected interactions with nature that add beauty to our lives. It’s difficult to see in the picture, but the window does have an historic wooden storm window on it (which is where the frost forms), but that will likely be the extent of our weatherization efforts. We’ve grown too fond of our ice.
If you need another reason to keep your wooden windows, see our post “Vinyl Windows Equal Less Light.”