The care and maintenance of one’s home is extremely important and must be an ongoing activity for every homeowner. The value and marketability of the home hinges on the care and upkeep provided. Among many others, one of the more critical areas of the home involves the windows.
The basic maintenance and upkeep of windows includes keeping them painted and in smooth working order. Real Estate companies are quick to show that a well maintained home can command a much higher price than the same home that has a neglected, rundown appearance.
No one likes to feel a cold draft of air while sitting in the comfort of the home. Windows are a number one contributor to a drafty house. There are a variety of reasons why the window may be drafty. While improper installation can be a cause for drafts, the number one reason usually has to do with the age of the window. Older, outdated windows are not energy efficient and become loose in process of time. This obviously creates a financial hardship with the homeowner’s heat bill as he endeavors to compensate for the cold draft.
When examining your windows, make sure of the ease of operation. A poor performing window will cause a strain on the window casing every time it is opened or closed, creating even more gaps and drafts. Look for any condensation or fog that may occur between the glass panes. This is another sign of a leaking, ineffective window. Water stains, deterioration or chipping around the window, inside and out, will also be an indication of the need for drastic repair or replacing your windows. Often, older windows are very difficult to find parts and can be very expensive to repair. Replacement windows become the logical choice and solution to drafty windows.
Be sure to look for the Energy Star symbol when choosing replacement windows to ensure that you are being offered the most efficient product. Energy Star labeled windows will provide at least twice the efficiency in heating and cooling your home as windows manufactured just ten years ago. There are many energy efficient glass options to choose from when selecting your replacement windows. Precision engineering of windows have enabled companies to eliminate drafts and enhance the energy efficiency of your home with advancements in glass coating, spacer systems including triple pane windows and a variety of other glass options for optimal energy savings.