With the bitter cold and frigid temperatures this winter, people from Florida to Texas are shivering. And the folks in the Midwest and Northeast are huddling together to keep warm! No one has escaped the polar blasts that seem to continually chill us to the bone.
If you're inside your home with the heat cranking non-stop, take time to inspect your windows. It's possible they're not working as hard for your home as they should.
“Virtually every building component in a home needs to be replaced at some point, and windows are no exception,” says Matt Minerd of Simonton Windows. “We’d like to think that our roof, siding and windows will last forever, but they won’t.
“It's important to routinely check your windows and patio doors to ensure they are performing the way they were designed to perform. These checks also help determine when it’s time to consider a window replacement project that can offer you long-term energy savings—especially if you live in an older home.”
Minerd recommends the following do-it-yourself tips to gain an initial impression of how well your current windows and patio doors are functioning:
Tip #1 - Examine the inside of your windows and patio doors for hot and cold “drafty” spots (or drafty areas). This indicates air infiltration which can lead to reduced energy efficiency.
Tip #2 - Check every window and door to make sure there is adequate weatherstripping and caulking around the units. This helps eliminate air infiltration and ensure a weather tight, secure seal.
Tip #3 – Look for “burnt out” or faded areas on your furnishings and carpeting. This could indicate harmful, damaging UV rays are entering your home through your windows or doors. You may want to consider replacement with more energy efficient units containing Low E coatings on the glass.
Tip #4 – If your windows no longer open or close easily--or if they need to be propped open--it could mean key components within the units are damaged or need adjustment. It could also mean the unit needs to be replaced entirely.
Tip #5 – Check the “fit” of your current windows or patio doors by having someone stand outside the units at night. With a small flashlight, stand inside and “travel” around the edge of the units. If the person outside sees light coming through the edges, this indicates a poor installation and is resulting in energy loss.
If your evaluation turns up one or more problem areas, it may be time to consider replacing your windows or doors. “Window replacements are both a short- and long-term investment in your home,” says Minerd. “You’ll immediately help reduce your energy bills. And, having newer, more energy-efficient windows is a great selling point when it comes time to put a house on the market.”
Looking for replacement windows to make your home cozy and warm? Make sure to visit New Asure™ Product Line Launched by Simonton for ideas on energy-efficient Simonton replacement windows!