When should I replace my windows?
WE NO LONGER SELL WINDOWS BUT HERE ARE SOME USEFUL TIPS!!
Windows in a home can increase comfort, asthetics, and value. They allow in natural light and fresh air, and provide outdoor views for those inside. They help reduce sound, pollutants and other allergens. They also help insulate your home and, in the process, reduce your overall energy costs. The US Department of Energy indicates that 40% of your annual heating and cooling bill can be affected by your windows!
Here are a few indicators that it might be time to replace old windows:
- The existing windows are single pane. This is the least efficient type of window glass. Allowing heat in, and cold out!
- The frames are made of aluminum. Aluminum is a good conductor of cool & heat, which is NOT what you want in a window frame. In fact up to 28% of your energy waste can be due to the window frames!
- Draftiness. This indicates a poor installation and allows free flowing air in & out. Often poor installation can have the same effect as missing a brick or two in a wall!
- High Energy Bills! If you see unusual increases not caused by unusual weather or utility rate hikes, it may be an indicator that your existing windows have become ineffective. This can be evidenced by broken seals, condensation between panes, frost on the inside, shattered or cracked glass, and even jammed windows (indicating the house may have settled and now the windows are pinched or off center).
- Sometimes it's just a need for more convenience. Old hard to clean windows can be replaced with new tilt-in types that allow for easy cleaning and maintenance.