If you have an older home with windows that have seen better days, perhaps it is time to make the investment for new windows.
Older, single-paned windows can let in drafts and moisture, and this will cause energy costs to be more expensive. Replacing these older windows with double-paned and energy efficient windows will save you money and create peace of mind. The Efficient Windows Collaborative states that you may save up to $450/year if you switch out older single-pane windows for energy efficient double-paned windows in a 2,150 sq. ft. dwelling. The extra money you invest while replacing your windows will save you money in the future.
So how do you know when it is time to replace your windows? If you feel apparent drafts that occur near your windows, chances are there is a need for replacement. Over time, even with double-paned windows, window frames can become warped, allowing for air to penetrate around the window.
Difficulty opening or closing windows can also be a key indication that it is time for replacement. This is especially true when it comes to older double or single-hung windows that require balance. The balance is a mechanism in the window that enables the window to stay up when open. When the balance mechanism no longer works, this causes the window to slam shut, posing further hazard for safety of the homeowner and other occupants.
If you have double or triple-paned windows, and you find condensation between the panes, chances are that it is time for your windows to be replaced. The condensation that is found between the panes of glass is a key indication that the seal on the window has become worn from use and failed. Another indication of seal failure is a white, calcium film that may be found on the inside of the panes- a key indicator of a recent leak leading to moisture.
One of the best indications that your windows may need replacement is your energy bills. If you find that your heating and cooling costs are above average, then it may be due to older windows that need to be replaced. According to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) website, “If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.”
If you are looking for more information on replacing your windows and would like to meet with a professional, Crown Builders is your one-stop for all of the information you require. Our friendly experts are happy to answer any questions and offer you a free estimate for replacement of your old windows. We also have a showroom located in Charlotte for your convenience.