Did you know that heat loss and heat gain through home windows are responsible for 25-30% of home heating and cooling costs? That’s right; one- fourth to one- third of what you’re paying to keep your room temperatures comfortable could be going right out the window—literally. If you are in the process of choosing windows for new construction or to replace your current, outdated windows, our team here at Window Solutions wants to remind you about the importance of energy efficiency. You need to know when to replace and when to update!
How do you do that? Glad you asked. Let’s discuss!
If your windows seem to be in good condition…
Then, there may be no need to replace. But, there is value in doing what I like to call a “maintenance check” on your frames and seals. Look the frames over—do you see any cracks or fading? If so, it’s important to have repairs and repainting or re-staining done ASAP, so you don’t inherit a bigger problem in the near future (like irreparable frames, warping, rotting, etc.). How are your seals holding up? Ways to check:
- Look for condensation that can not be wiped off. This is likely an indicator that the seals which hold the multiple panes apart are leaking, which is not good for energy efficiency at all. Have a warranty? Call it in!
- Distorted, wavy glass. Obviously, this is a sign something isn’t right. Get it professionally checked out.
- Draftiness. This can often be fixed with new seals. Look closely at the windows—can you see any sliver of daylight between the frame? Does the window move slightly when nudged? If so, it’s time to have the seals redone!
- Rising energy bills. This alone is not necessarily an indication that something’s gone wrong with your windows—but it could Asses everything else: have you been leaving lights on more frequently? Changed the cooling setting on your air? Had the curtains or blinds opened during the hottest part of the day more often? These are all contributors.
When you’re ready, it’s time to start looking for replacements. Single-pane windows are an energy waster; essentially, they are spending your money on energy costs instead of keeping your indoor temperatures stable. This isn’t an urgent replacement need, but it’s a necessity. Double- and triple-pane windows will trap air between the glass and act as added thermal insulation, lessening the load on your HVAC system.
Rot or wood damage…
It’s time to replace your windows. It doesn’t matter how attached to them you may be or how beautiful they once were—it’s time to replace. Rotting wood can’t really be stopped, though it can be slowed down for a short time. In essence, the rot will continue and continue until it’s obvious and causing a safety hazard. You don’t need that in your life, I assume.
If you live in the San Diego, CA area and want more energy efficient tidbits, stop by and visit us at Window Solutions! Looking forward to meeting you!
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