It’s that time of year again when the temperatures drop and the heat bills can skyrocket. The culprit for high heat costs may not just boil down to the winter winds outside, but the condition and quality of your windows and doors. If you’re concerned that your windows are letting in cold air and providing an escape route for your heat, it’s time to check for these warning signs:
Drafts & Gaps
If your windows have any draft it probably means they need to be replaced. To determine if your windows have gaps and cracks simply place your hand in front of the edges of the window inside, if you feel cool air coming in during the winter or hot air coming in during the summer, your windows are pretty inefficient and should be replaced or resealed. Do the same test on the exterior of your home to see if you can either feel cool air escaping during the summer or warm air escaping during the winter months.
If you have a double paned window one of the best tell tale signs that you need a window replacement is if condensation appears between the panes. This means that the seal has failed and air and moisture are coming in, causing the foggy appearance.
If your windows become difficult to open it means that there are issues with the balance of your window, meaning the mechanism that holds your window open is faulty and could give out. Once the balance fails the window will no longer be able to stay open on its own, and that’s neither convenient or safe.
High Energy Bill
Take a look at your energy bill and determine if it’s abnormally higher than usual. If you see a hike in costs it may be caused by the inefficiency of your windows. Consider replacing your old windows not just with new ones, but with energy efficient windows. While the upfront cost is more, you’ll likely save more in the long run.
At Two Cousins Remodel & Repair we can do a window inspection and install brand new energy efficient windows in your home. If you’re ready to see those high heating bills drop, give us call today. For pricing information click here for a quote.