For many homeowners, one of the most difficult challenges they face is trying to keep their energy costs as low as possible. A comfortable temperature is important, but when that temperature comes at the expense of your financial well being, it's unlikely for comfort to win that battle. However, by being vigilant about the state of your windows, you can make a short-term investment that will guarantee long-term savings.
Below, you'll find a guide to some signs that your windows may be in need of a replacement.
Splitting Wood Frames
In older homes, it's likely that your window frames are comprised primarily or perhaps entirely of wood. While stable wood frames will be sufficient for holding in treated air, the tendency of wood to shrink and swell with changes in the environment can leave them susceptible to splitting and losing that stability.
If you notice layers of wood beginning to separate from each other in your window frames, it's likely that your air is escaping through those gaps. Replacing those frames with modern materials and new, energy efficient glass can be a great way to spruce up your home's look while also putting a major dent in your monthly costs.
Home windows are manufactured to absorb large amounts of sunlight energy in order to allow for a gradual temperature transition that will properly hold in your treated air. These modern windows will also reflect some potentially dangerous ultraviolet light, but if they become worn out, they can suddenly lose that property.
A buildup of condensation on the inside of your windows is likely a sign that your home's glass isn't reacting properly to sunlight. This means that you risk damaging items in your home through exposure to sunlight, and replacing those pieces of glass is essential for protecting your prized items.
A well functioning window should be clear and fully transparent. Any sign that it's losing those properties is a harbinger of serious issues. Windows that have a foggy effect that appears to come from inside the glass likely have blown their weather resistance shielding. In most cases, these windows are actually comprised of several layers of glass pressed on top of each other, and when moisture and other contaminants enter those seals, your windows are unlikely to effectively hold in your treated air.
For more information, contact Terry's Discount Windows & More LLC or a similar company.