How Do I Know If My Windows Are Bad?

How Do I Know If My Windows Are Bad?

Your windows play an important role in keeping your home comfortable for you and your family. But when your windows begin to breakdown it is usually a

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Your windows play an important role in keeping your home comfortable for you and your family. But when your windows begin to breakdown it is usually a gradual reduction in performance, one that is not noticed over time. Replacement windows can require a big financial investment, so it is understandable to want to wait until you absolutely need, to replace your windows. So, the big question remains, how to tell if you need new windows?  

Here are 4 telltale signs that you need new windows:

1. Difficult to Open and Close

There are many reasons why your windows may not open or close as easily as they once did, the issue can be as simple as dirt built up in the tracks stopping the window from operating smoothly. Cleaning the dirt should allow for smooth operation once again. However, more harmful damage such as a warped frame cannot be corrected. 

2. There Is a Lot of Noise

Your windows when closed should reduce a significant amount of noise that enters your home. If you are able to hear most of what is happening outside your home with the windows shut, this means that either the windows are not sealed correctly or that they are older single-pane windows. Replacement windows will help significantly reduce the noise in your home providing a more comfortable environment.

3. Condensation Between Window Panes

Some condensation build-up on the inside of your windows is fairly normal, this is caused by moisture-rich warm air coming into contact with the colder window pane and depositing the moisture on the window. When condensation builds up in between your window panes, this is an indication of an issue. For condensation to occur in between your glass pane it means that the seal has been compromised. These windows have now lost their energy efficiency, and cannot be fixed.

4. Increased Energy Bills

Windows that are not sealed properly may allow drafts to come in from around your window. As well older, less energy-efficient windows will allow heat to escape through your windows in the winter and heat to enter your home during the summer. Both of these issues will force your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. With your HVAC system working overtime, your energy bills will begin to surge, costing you more to heat or cool your home.

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