When it comes to major home repairs and improvements, we tend to think about roofs and siding. But what about your windows? Windows are a significant source of heat loss and upgrading or replacing them can increase the energy efficiency of your home. If you’re considering replacing some or all of your windows, it’s important to hire a team of experienced and trusted window installers. Our professionals at A1 Home improvement are just such a team.
Here are some signs that it’s time to bring in window installers to upgrade your windows.
What are your windows costing you now?
The heat that enters or exits your home through the windows accounts for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. That’s a big chunk of your energy bill. And that’s just if your windows are pretty new and well-insulated. If you have older windows with poor insulation, that number gets even higher. And during a cold Connecticut winter, you notice when your house is losing heat. While no windows will keep all the heat from escaping, replacing old or low-quality windows will make a noticeable difference to the temperature of your house and your energy bill.
Should you replace your windows?
So if all windows will lose some heat, how do you know if you need to replace yours? There are a couple of signs that indicate that it’s time to call a team of window installers:
- Drafty windows (no matter their age)
- Condensation inside the windows
- Windows that are difficult to open or close
- Rattling windows
- Higher than usual energy costs
Some of these issues can be fixed with caulking or weather stripping, but others require replacing the sash or panes (or both).
Need Window Installers? Call A1!
While it’s easy to talk about the benefits of window replacement, we know it’s an expensive undertaking. New windows can easily cost a couple hundred dollars each. As you’re watching those numbers add up, it’s tempting to think that you can install new windows yourself. That might save you some money at first, but you risk incurring more costs in the long run. Installing a window is not as easy as it looks. If you install it wrong, you could be in a worse spot than you were with your old windows. It’s best to call professional window installers and get it right the first time.