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How much are you spending on your windows? This may sound like a strange question. If you bought your windows a while ago, you may think that was the end of things. It isn’t. Your windows are designed to provide you with years of security, curb appeal, and energy efficiency. If your windows aren’t meeting all of those needs, then you are essentially losing money every single day.
Making some simple changes to your windows can dramatically improve their form and function. Best of all, the amount of time and money that you may have to invest in these measures in the present can be a good deal less than what you are already spending with ineffectual windows.
Are Your Windows Costing You Money?
Do you feel a chill throughout the house, even when you have the furnace running? Are you running your thermostat at a higher average temperature than you were the year before? These are two distinct possibilities that your windows are in need of repair or replacement work.
Here are 6 signs your windows are costing you money:
1. Visual gaps in the seals around your windows: If you can actually see the gaps in the seals around your windows, then you definitely have a problem. If you feel a draft near your windows, and you can’t immediately spot one or several gaps, then check the windows for any small gaps. Visual gaps are considerably more worrying though. That means you have been losing money on your windows for a while.
2. Drafts around your windows: If you feel a draft when you walk by your window, then your windows are definitely losing the warm air you are trying to keep in the house.
3. Leaks around the seals: This is another problem that can quickly move from bad to worse, if you don’t take immediate steps to rectify the situation. Leaks around the seals can severely diminish the usefulness of your windows. If you find your energy bill is climbing from one month to the next, particularly during the colder months of the year, then you may want to look for leaks around the seals of your windows.
4. Single-pane windows: The single-pane window was the standard for most homes a couple of decades ago. However, things have changed dramatically in recent years. New technology has allowed manufacturers to build windows that are considerably stronger and more efficient than their single-pane ancestors. If you have single-pane windows, it might be time to make some replacements. Dual-paned windows are particularly popular to that end.
5. Condensation/fog on the inside of your windows: If you notice condensation or fog on the inside of your windows, then the problem might come down to insulated gas leaking. Your windows may not be providing as much thermal resistance as you need from them. Cracks are another possibility, or you may be dealing with a piece of your frame becoming rotten/decayed from too much exposure to water.
6. Aluminum or metal frames: While aluminum/metal frames have some benefits, they are definitely not going to top the list of best insulation options. These frames can be powerful and light, with little in the way of maintenance demands. While there are ways to get around having aluminum frames or metal frames, the truth of the matter is that it might just be easier to have them replaced altogether. This can make for a considerable investment, so do as much research as possible.
Improving Your Windows Will Improve Your Home
Taking care of your windows will do more than protect your home’s curb appeal. You are also taking steps to ensure your home remains beautiful and efficient for years to come.