It’s that time of year where a chill is in the air in the evening but the days are still warm and sunny. You’re probably finding yourself opening and closing your windows throughout the day to accommodate the fluctuating temperatures. However, you might notice that your windows stick or may not stay closed at all. You might also notice that cold air is making its way into your home, even when you successfully close your windows for the night.
This is also the time of year when Cleveland homeowners begin thinking about energy conservation. Outdated windows are one of the biggest sources of energy loss in the home, and there are several warning signs to watch out for when your windows are about to fail.
If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, you might want to consider replacement before the weather turns too cold:
If you’re sitting by a closed window and you feel a slight draft, it’s probably not your imagination. Inefficient windows are notorious for allowing energy to escape from the inside of your home. If you have already turned on your HVAC system this fall, it will need to work harder to accommodate to the energy loss and keep your family warm.
Whether you’re dealing with a large or small draft, you’ll need to get the problem fixed before freezing temperatures arrive. This will only result in more energy loss and higher utility bills.
Rotting wood windows is no laughing matter. Wood window rot can lead to numerous issues, including mold and mildew infestation. Some wood window frames rot so severely that they essentially crumble away with the touch of a finger.
The best way to detect wood rot is to take a screwdriver and press it into the window frame. If the screwdriver sinks into the wood, this means that the frames are rotted.
This is one of the major signs that your windows are failing. Outdated windows can result in substantial energy loss, and homeowners collectively lose $35 billion per year due to inefficient windows.
While you can expect the cost of your utility bills to spike during the summer and winter, look for an overall trend in your energy bills. If you find the cost steadily rising, you might want to take a close look at your windows.
Condensation is a natural occurrence, but you shouldn’t find condensation between your window panes—this indicates seal failure. If your window is relatively new, your window warranty may replace the glass panel. However, if your windows are old with condensation between the glass, consider contacting Universal Windows Direct for a free quote.