Windows And Knowing When It Is Time For An Upgrade

Many people are experiencing extraordinarily expensive utility bills these days with little idea as to why. It is expected that the industry itself is simply increasing prices to satisfy shareholders while in most cases, something in the home simply isn’t or is no longer energy efficient.

Maybe you have already checked your home carefully and haven’t found any reason to a change in your bills. Odds are it is the windows in the home itself. Builders often install the cheapest window options available to save on costs when building new homes.

This article will point out some areas to check that will clue you in to whether you need to replace your windows or not so please continue reading for more information.

If you see condensation on the glass during extreme temperatures then this is an indication that your windows need to be replaced.

A lifetime warranty or several year guarantee is not necessarily a clue as to how long the window will last. A guarantee is just an indication that they will replace the window at a reduced cost, not that the windows will last forever. Check to see if the windows you have are under warranty for replacement or start getting quotes to replace them as faulty windows can add a substantial sum to your bills each month.

An energy efficient window will have two panes of glass with gas between the two panes to insulate the house. The gas between the glass panes prevent the cool or hot air from entering the house. Check the inside pane of the window facing your home and see if it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and if so this means that it is not providing the insulation that it is supposed to be. When this occurs, the heating or cooling system works harder to maintain the temperature you desire. It is time for new windows if you notice this on yours.

A clever way to test your window is to light a birthday candle and slowly move it around the windowsills. If the flame flickers this indicates that there is a draft in the window that is letting air from the outside come inside and vice versa. Just like with other window tests, this means that your heating and cooling system is working twice as hard to keep up.

You also need to visually inspect windows for cracks in the glass, a foggy appearance on the glass itself, and rotted wood or missing trim on the window or around it. Look at the caulking around the window frame where it sits in the wall and look for deterioration. All of these signs are reasons to replace the windows, because repairs will not be beneficial.

By taking a few moments to inspect your windows using the tips listed above, you will assuredly know if it is time for replacement. The saving will be worth it even if you only have a couple of windows that need to be replaced.