Whether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t even exist. Even if you don’t, you probably know that a lot of glass and natural light is awesome, but it comes at a cost. As windows age and homes settle, windows can distort ever so slightly. It’s not enough that you’d notice, at least until the first cold blasts of Arctic air are blowing into your home.
With the weather lately, it can be hard to determine if it’s too cold inside or it’s just Arkansas weather. Want some other ways to tell if it’s time for new windows? Read on!
Signs Your Windows Are Tired
When it comes to big things to replace in your house, windows are definitely high on the list. On the hassle scale, it’s right up there with a new roof or retiling the busiest room in your home. Unfortunately, these are all jobs that have to be done at some time. Before turning your home into a construction zone, check this list to see if new windows is the right move.
- Are your energy bills high and climbing higher? You’ll need to look at trends in your energy usage to make sure it’s not just a rate hike. If it’s not, you have a leak somewhere and windows are often the culprit.
- Are your windows hard to open or won’t stay open? Really old windows won’t stay open because their corded weights have broken over time. Newer windows that won’t open or won’t stay open might have shifted but not enough for the eye to see.
- Can you hear your neighbors? Though nothing can block noise entirely, good quality windows can certainly help reduce the volume.
- Do you wake up to condensation between the panes? A small amount isn’t anything to worry about, however before we replaced our windows you could soak a rag with the condensation on our windows.
- Is there extensive or obvious damage? Small sections can sometimes be repaired, but you also need to make sure to repair whatever caused the damage in the first place before you replace or repair the window itself.
If your windows aren’t damaged and the only issue you have is heat loss, there are a few different things you can do to maximize efficiency.
- Winterize your home. Seal up nooks, crannies, and cracks with a bead of caulk to help reduce drafts.
- Stick on window insulation film. It’s a temporary fix, however when installed properly you can barely tell it’s there.
- Install heavy curtains. Like a thick blanket, thick curtains can help reduce both heat loss and drafts. The catch is they need to be closed to do much good.
Think it’s time for new windows and you aren’t sure who to call? Let me give you a few names of people I trust!