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Windows do more than let you look outside. When your windows are doing their job, they not only let light in, and keep noise out, they also help regulate the temperature of your home. If your windows are in good health, they should ensure that you don’t lose any cool air in the summer, or any warmth in the winter. While a cool draft may be hard to come by during the spring, here are some other signs that your windows may need replacing.
If the temperature of the air around your windows is noticeably different than the rest of your home, your windows are likely letting the outside air in. Any current of wind coming from your closed windows is a surefire sign that your windows are not doing their job and may need updating.
Spike In Energy Bill
If your heating bill skyrockets unexpectedly, you’re likely heating the outside along with your home. As the heat escapes from faulty windows, your furnace works overtime to keep the rest of your home at a consistent temperature. The same goes for cool air in the summer months. If you find that you cant get your home cool even with the AC on full blast, take a look at the windows in your home to find the leak
Condensation and Moisture
Foggy windows are in themselves harmless. However, if there is consistent condensation, poor window insulation is likely. In a similar vein, if you notice moisture building up between the panes of your windows, the airtight seal of your windows is likely broken.
Single Panes and Rotting Frames
Many older homes have single paned windows that are likely accompanied by window frames that have seen better days. While replacing all of your windows may seem like a daunting task, your wallet will thank you in the long run. Old windows tend to be drafty and do poorly to keep heat in, and outside noise out.
As most of us are in our homes at the moment, now is as good a time as any to check the health of your windows. Finding the problem before it gets worse can save you money in the long run.