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It can be very easy to overlook the widows in your home, whether you have just purchased your home or you've owned it for a while now. 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 will slowly begin to misshape overtime. However this process happens so slowly that you don't really seem to notice until those cold winds start blowing into your home. 

 

When it comes to replacing the big things in your house, windows are pretty huge chore. Replacing your windows compares to the work of getting a new roof or trying to retile your kitchen floor. Eventually overtime all of these jobs will need to be done, however there are occasions where you may be able to fix stuff overtime rather than all at once! Replacing all the windows in your home can be a huge investment that won't reap the greatest return. So before you decide to go out window shopping make sure that you are confident that new windows is exactly what you need. Here are a list of questions that will help you decide if purchasing new windows is the right move after all.

 

  1. Are your energy bills climbing or already high? If your utility bills are showing a significant rise over the last few years windows are often the culprit. This usually occurs from an increased use of power or gas from a home. In order to figure out just where this energy loss is coming from an infrared camera can come in handy! 
  2. Are they tricky to open or won’t stay open without a prop? Really old windows may have a problem staying open because their corded weights have broken after decades of use and fallen into the interior space between the window and the wall. Newer windows might refuse to close because they’ve shifted ever so slightly. Either way, these are windows that are a huge pain to operate. That alone can be a good reason to replace them.
  3. Do you wake up to condensation between the window glass panes? If there just happens to be a small amount of condensation this isn't anything to really worry about, however if this is a reoccurring problem and it lasts throughout the day the window pane seal has most likely been broken. Sometimes you can contact the manufacturer and order a replacement pane, although once ordered it can be difficult to install and a bit pricey, which is why many people choose new windows at this stage. Having a window with a busted seal is one that’s will cost you serious cash. 
  4. Is there extensive damage? Sometimes the damage to your windows can’t really be seen until you open them up, examine moving parts closely and, when necessary, remove some trim to look for rot that’s hidden inside the wall. Small sections of damage can sometimes be repaired, but larger areas indicate that you need to fix whatever caused the damage in the first place and then replace that window with one that’s new and healthy.

 

If you go over the problems above and find out that your windows don't actually need to be replaced and you are just having a problem with heat loss, here are a few different things that you can do to maximize the efficiency of your windows during the cold winter months.

  • Winterize your windows by going around the outside of the house and sealing any cracks that you might find. Applying a new bead of caulk around each window will also help with reducing the drafts you are feeling inside your home. 
  • Put up window insulation film as a temporary fix for the winter. Window film can be installed on the cold windows in question. When installed properly, you can barely tell there’s anything between the room and the window.
  • Installing heavy curtains will help reduce both heat loss and drafts.