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Why is there water inside our storm windows?

Winter has arrived and we have noticed several things with our new house. We had new wooden storm windows built for the east facing side of our dining room. This is a dead end L shape room. In total we have 5, 4' * 5' wooden sash windows in this space, all now with wooden storms. Each storm has the three traditional holes at the bottom which we keep "stuffed" during the winter months. We have no condensation build-up except on the east side. (This isthe dead end room.) Directly below this window is our oil tank in the basement and our oil burning furnace. It was recently inspected and the furnace and given a clean bill of health. Why do we get so much water on the inside of these storm windows? I find it interesting too that the east windows all were missing their storms and had been replaced with aluminum, which leaked badly. Much of the wood on these frames was rotten, so it appears as if this has been a long time problem. ( The house was built in 1850.) We do not want the new storms to rot out. I have left the three vent holes unstuffed and the "door slightly opened". We have seen no improvement. Also we have taken off our eavestrough at the front of the house. The attic is well insulated, and we have placed lots of air vents in the soffits. Why do we get long icicles building up?

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April 26th, 2007
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