Frozen windows not just glass
We have new windows in our new house we built in 06. They are just plain double pane vinyl windows from Quaker (our builder screwed up and was suppose to get us low e but that's another story) Just to give a little back ground I've done my research and understand all that about relative humidity and all that jazz about condensation but I still haven't been able to get a straight answer. Should our windows freeze up? And when I say freeze up I mean everything from the glass over the handles down the vinyl all the way to the frame. We can't even open them up they are frozen solid. We finally got the manufacture out to look at them and he said that we need to keep the fans on and the humidity below 30%. The thing is during our first winter it was right at 30% and they still froze and we all kept getting nose bleeds before we realized it was that low. I'm at a complete loss. Is this a window issue or an installation issue? Or am I just crazy and all windows do that? Also, do Low E actually help on north facing windows that don't get any sun ever? I've hear both yes and no.