If your home currently has clear, single-pane, or old windows and doors, it may cost more to heat your home in winter and cool it during the summer. Replace these old windows with energy-efficient double-pane glass units with insulation, or install a fiberglass door for year-round.
Signs of Leaky, Drafty Windows
In many cases, the best way to deal with draft windows is to replace them. Below are some of the most typical signs of windows that are beyond repair.
- Excessive draftiness: When closed, your windows shouldn’t let so much air in that it’s noticeable. Many people simply add more sealant or weatherstripping, but noticeable drafts signify a serious leak.
- Condensation: If there’s condensation built up in double- or triple-pane windows, it may be worthwhile to replace the entire unit due to seal degradation.
- Broken windows: This sign is one of the most obvious. If your home’s windows are visibly cracked, broken, or difficult to close and open, you should consider a full replacement.
- Excessive noise: If the windows are allowing in too much noise, they may be outdated and in need of replacement. New, more energy-efficient windows keep out cold air and heat, and they’re also meant to keep noise out. If your home’s occupants can hear foot traffic and conversations outside the walls, it may be time to upgrade your home’s windows.
- A rising energy bill: How high was last year’s energy bill? If they seemed out of the norm, it may be because the windows need replacing. Most windows last between 20 and 40 years, and if yours are past that age or getting close, it may make financial sense to replace them.
Do a Smoke Test
An easy way to find a draft in a door or window is to perform a smoke test. This simple step determines which areas of your home may need attention because of tiny air leaks. To do the smoke test, shut all the doors and windows in your home and turn off gas appliances. Turn on kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to create negative pressure inside the home. Light an incense stick and put it near a door or window to determine which areas are drafty.
Hiring the Right Window Contractor
When you follow these tips for seasonal preparation for windows and doors and you determine that it’s time for an upgrade, you’ll want to call a professional to install your replacement windows. You may be tempted to install new windows yourself, but after over 16 years of installing windows in New Jersey And New York, we know that good window and doors products and proper installation are crucial to getting the most durability and energy efficiency during both the hot and cold extremes we can experience here in New Jersey And New York.
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