When was the last time you checked the condition of your windows? If it hasn’t been within the last five years, you could have some maintenance issues you need to handle. Not to mention, if your home has aluminum or wood framed windows, you may not even notice the problems they cause easily. If your home is over 20 years old with the original windows- you are due for an upgrade, but there are some easy ways to check. How will you know when it is time to replace your windows?
High Energy Bills
On a cold day, stand next to your windows. Does it feel cooler than the rest of your home? Touch your windows. If the glass feels cold to the touch, the warm air from your furnace is being cooled down as soon as it gets within a few feet of your windows. Not only is this uncomfortable but it’s such a waste! In fact, 10% of your heat loss could be going right out those windows.
As the temperature drops during winter and rises during the summer, your heating and cooling bills are sure to do the same. But, if your windows are on the older side, it’s likely that much of the heat produced by your furnace and the cooling from your air conditioner is going to waste. While older windows are generally single-paned and vulnerable to leaks, newer windows are highly efficient and designed to help prevent air transferring in and out of your home. If your heating bills are unreasonably high, it may be time to find replacement windows.
Walk around your home to open and close each window to check for smooth operation. If it requires a bit of force and pressure to open or if they’re painted or …