Can You Feel a Draft?
Now that the weather is turning colder, are you finding that you can’t walk by a window without a draft causing you to shiver? You may need to replace them. Even the best windows can let a certain amount of air in, but you absolutely shouldn’t be able to notice it. Just like everything else, windows do wear out. The windows may be warped due to exposure, causing the frames to become loose and allowing air to get through.
Are Your Energy Costs Increasing?
Have you noticed a steady increase in the checks you are writing to the gas or electric company for your heating bill? This could be a sign that your windows are not energy efficient. Older style windows such as single pane styles or windows that are warped won’t block the cold or heat. Replacing them with new energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves in lower heating and cooling costs.
Do You Have Water Stains?
When buying older homes for their character, it is important to realize that older homes come with older windows. Over time, especially with older windows, the wood frames rot and warp from exposure to sun, rain, and fluctuating temperatures. This causes even the best wooden framed windows to rot and warp. If you find water stains on the inside, your windows are probably leaking, and there is a good chance that you should replace them.
Do You Have Condensation?
Single pane windows might have condensation, but that shouldn’t be the case for double or triple pane windows. If you are finding your windows are getting foggy in between the panes, this is a problem. It is likely that you have a seal failure and your windows are no longer effectively insulated and should be replaced.
Do Your Windows Get Stuck?
Do you struggle to open or shut your windows? This is a sign that they have warped over and are likely fitting too snug or too loose. If that is the case, those windows will also allow excess air in as well.
If you have questions about the efficiency of your windows, give us a call here at Pikes Peak Windows and Doors, your replacement window specialists. We offer the best in premium replacement vinyl windows that are custom fit. Keep the old-world charm of the house you fell in love with while adding the modern comfort and energy efficiency that you are looking for.