As a homeowner, you have a long list of projects and maintenances to handle every year. If you aren’t careful, that list can quickly get out of hand, leaving you with an emergency, or even worse, damage to your home. One of the top priorities for any homeowner is keeping their home safe and secure from both the outside elements and unwelcome intruders. The best way to keep your home safe and comfortable is with a beautiful set of windows. However, before you go replacing all of your windows before you need to, take the time to ask yourself these three questions. If you have any other questions or want to schedule your free window inspection, contact the elite team here at LEI Home Enhancements today.
Review Your Energy Bills
On average, everyone’s energy bills will always slowly rise to keep up with inflation, but that is a gradual process. If you have noticed your energy bills steadily climbing recently without any notification from your energy provider of an increase in costs or maintenance fees, your windows could be the culprits. Poorly insulated, framed, or even failing windows can easily cause your energy bills to skyrocket as the heating and cooling that you are pumping into your home escapes through these leaky or faulty windows. You can easily compare your previous energy bills by checking the cost per watt, or any other metric that your energy company is using. If you are noticing that your wattage used is substantially more than the same time in the previous year, you can almost be guaranteed that your windows are to blame.
Before you go out and replace your windows, take the time to have them inspected by a professional. If the issue is as minor as just a few leaky seals, you could save yourself thousands. You also generally want to replace a large number of your windows at the same time to cut back on costs and to keep all of the labor unified under one visit, so make sure that your windows are inspected by a company that you trust.
Inspect Your Window Frames
One of the most visual signs that your windows may be failing is if you notice large cracks, seams, or mold forming on your window frames. If water and moisture is getting through your window via a leak or a broken seal, there could be thousands of dollars of potential wood rot and mold damage lurking just behind your walls. A simple 5-10 minute inspection of your window frames can quickly show you which windows need maintenance and which ones are still holding up well.
Check For Condensation
Not all condensation on your windows is bad. Condensation on the interior or exterior of your windows can be due to high humidity content and are entirely normal. If you notice condensation in between your windowpanes, that is a sure sign that the seals on your windows have failed and need to be replaced or repaired.
If you are interested in having a licensed and industry-leading window technician come out to your home, schedule your free in-home consultation here.