Although it seems hard to believe, the official end of summer is less than one month away. Because seasonal changes have a way of sneaking up on people, Spicer Bros. Construction would like to remind homeowners to prepare their windows for the upcoming cold weather. The steps you take now will ensure you remain comfortable this fall and winter and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Drafty Windows an Obvious Sign of Inefficiency
A drafty window doesn’t usually produce strong gusts of air. The problem is much more subtle than that. A good way to determine if your windows allow outside air to come through is to run your fingers along the sills to feel for air currents. Weatherproofing your windows is the next logical step if you discover a draft.
Weatherstripping Makes Your Windows More Energy Efficient
Having just one window that leaks air can have a significant impact on your energy bill each month. Weatherstripping is one of the simplest things you can do to prepare for the cooler weather and reduce costs at the same time. The purpose of weatherstripping is to seal small gaps around windows and doors that allow air to escape and keep insects, dust, and miscellaneous debris out of your home.
Check for Glass Failures
The term glass failure refers to a weak seal between the window spacer and glass panes. During glass failure, the gas trapped between the window panes escapes and causes the window to become less efficient. Fogginess between two panes of glass and overall condensation are two of the most obvious indications of glass failure. You will want to replace the window as soon as possible. The manufacturer of the window may cover the cost if it’s still under warranty.
Keep Your Windows Locked and Use Curtains
Locking your windows is an important security measure and a great way to improve energy efficiency. When you lock your windows, it creates a tight seal that prevents draftiness. Placing a dark and heavy curtain over your windows keeps your home warmer in the fall and winter and cooler in the spring and summer. Heavy curtains absorb much of the cool air or solar heat coming into your home, reducing energy costs.
How to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
Windows manufactured during the last few years have a lifespan of approximately 20 years. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for older windows. If you have outdated windows in your home, replacing them is a more cost-efficient option than repairing them. Common problems in older windows include:
- Air leaks
- Damaged hardware
- Decay of wood surrounding the windows
- Water damage
- Weakened sealing power
We recommend checking for air leakage first by running your fingers along the sills as described above. When it comes to leaky windows, you will be most comfortable replacing them rather than covering them in plastic. Condensation present on wood surrounding the windows can eventually lead to mold and cause significant health problems—plan to replace your windows if you see any signs of mold or decay.
If it’s time to replace your windows, Spicer Bros. Construction can help. Please contact us today at 410-546-1190 in Maryland or 302-703-6754 in Delaware for a free estimate or to request an appointment.