Replacing inefficient old windows can be an intimidating home improvement project. But it is not nearly as difficult as you might think and it can make a huge difference to your home’s energy efficiency.
In addition to being easier to open and close, new windows will reduce drafts and keep your home cooler in summer. They also come with insulating features like low-e glass and argon gas between panes.
Cracked window panes aren’t only unsightly, but they also allow drafts and moisture into the house. This will lead to more problems like condensation and high energy bills. Eventually, these cracks can become worse and may even break completely.
A double pane window depends on an airtight seal to function properly. If the seal breaks, you’ll need to replace both panes of glass. This is why it’s important to fix cracked windows as soon as possible.
If the cracks are in one of the edges, a little clear tape can do the trick for the short term. However, a good option is to get new energy efficient windows that feature dual or triple panes. These windows can be insulated with inert gases like argon which reduces thermal transfer and increases energy performance. This will help you to save money on your energy bills and keep your home safe from outside noise and pests. Aside from the benefits of increased efficiency, these windows will also be easier to clean and maintain.
Fog and Condensation
When warm air comes into contact with much cooler air, condensation forms on its surface. When window seals break down, moisture can leak in and become visible as fog. Foggy windows are a sign that the insulating value of your windows is compromised.
Condensation and fogging is not just a winter problem. Foggy windows occur year-round and can cause a lot of frustration and stress for homeowners. Fortunately, this issue is easily resolved with the help of an experienced window replacement company.
Start by removing the exterior trim and brick molding using a hammer and flat bar (Image 1). Next, take out the nails holding the window with a hammer and a flat bar until it is removed from the frame (Images 2 & 3). Once the window is removed, install any interior trim that was removed and caulk around the edges with siliconized latex paint. Then, replace the window and enjoy your new, energy-efficient windows!
When a window has been left leaking for too long it can lead to problems with your home’s comfort, especially in cold weather. You may find that certain rooms are much colder than others or that your furnace has to work harder to keep up with the temperature changes caused by air seepage through older windows.
As the seasons change, paying attention to your windows can help you identify problem areas that need replacing. You can run your hand along the edges of the frames and check for drafts by feeling for cold air movement or running a smoke pen around the frame.
You can also check if it is easy to open and close your windows. If they require a lot of force or effort to open or close it could be a sign that the frames are rotting and need to be replaced. Newer windows with double panes, argon or krypton gas and Low-E coatings can save you money on energy bills and make your home more comfortable.
High Energy Bills
Many homeowners believe that simply replacing old windows will help them lower their energy bills. This is not always the case. Depending on the age and insulation value of your window, it may be more effective to replace them with new double or triple-paned windows that are designed to be more energy efficient.
If you have older windows, up to 30 percent of your home’s heat and air conditioning can escape through the window frames. Replacing them with new windows that include argon gas and low-e glass will stop air leaks, saving you money on your energy bills.
Replacing your old windows is one of the best ways to save money on your energy bills. While repairing your windows can give you a temporary fix, opting for new, state-of-the-art replacement windows from Conservation Construction will allow you to enjoy optimum efficiency and protection against the elements for decades to come.