It seems as though everything is costing more and more. Many of us are always looking for ways to save on the cost of living. Energy costs make up a significant part of the monthly budget so in turn, we’re always trying to find ways to save on heating and cooling costs. With winter just around the corner and cooler temperatures on the way, heating costs are in the front of our minds. More than any other time of year, it is important to make sure your home is heated as efficiently as possible. Adding value to your home at the same time as saving money on your energy costs are like a match made in heaven, and installing replacement windows can do both of those things.
There is no better time of year to look at replacing your windows than the fall. The temps are at that perfect balance of not too hot and not too cold so you won’t have to worry about your heating or cooling costs going out the window while the renovations are underway. If you’re not sure your windows need to be replaced, there are signs you can be on the lookout for. The first is whether they open and close easily. Overtime, the seal on windows can wear. Not only can this make it difficult to let in some fresh air on those cool fall days but it can also let the warm air out even when the windows are shut. Another way to tell if your windows need replacing is if you feel warm and cold spots in your home. Old, inefficient windows can let cool air in during the winter months and let hot air in during the summer months. The same holds true for drafty windows. You can also check for drafts by holding a lit candle near the window frame. If the flame flickers, you have a draft. If you have noticed condensation on your windows or seen ice buildup on or around them in previous winters, that is a red flag that you’re losing air from inside your home.
There are several types of energy efficient windows to choose from that can really be a cost saving investment. Sometimes, you want to replace the windows in your home simply to change or update the look. No matter the reason, if you are considering replacement windows, contact a professional and they can help you find the right style window for your needs and your desires.