Windows are a key part of the thermal resiliency of your home. They are one of the key factors when it comes to keeping cool air out, and warm air in throughout the winter. When they aren’t doing their job, your pocketbook will suffer.
Some statistics estimate that up to 40% of your energy bill could be reliant on the performance of your windows.
Assessing the Situation:
If you have frost or moisture on your windows, you may want to ask yourself a few of these questions to assess the situation:
- Do you feel like your home feels cold even when you have the heat on?
- Does your gas bill seem to be higher than you expected it to be?
- Do rooms with more windows feel cooler than other rooms in your home?
- Do you feel a draft when sitting or standing near a certain window in your home?
- Are your windows getting stuck either open or closed, when you try to move them?
- Do your windows rattle in the wind?
- Can you see your curtains shifting even when the windows are closed?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to have a professional come out to look at your windows and talk to you about a possible replacement project. Not only do leaky windows lead to more expensive gas bills, but if moisture gets in it can lead to a myriad of issues throughout the seasons. If it isn’t ice, cold air, and snow in the winter it will be mold, mildew, bugs, and higher electric bills in the summer.
Why do I really care about this that much?
If your windows are leaking, you literally have holes in your house. You literally have spaces where there is no protection between what’s inside and what’s outside. This means bugs can get in, cold air, warm air, rain, dust, etc. Your home is not being protected from the elements. Not only the inside of your home but the actual structure as well. If these elements seep into the casings or walls it can be the start of festering problems that grow over time into huge headaches.
Proper windows can save you this winter:
With the correct windows installed, you can rest assured through your West Michigan winter. You will prolong the life of your home and save money on your utility bills.
If you would like a free consultation to see if you may benefit from new windows, or have any other window-related questions we are always more than happy to help. Feel free to give us a call, or send an email.