When purchased new, everything is usually given a warranty when it is new for a given length of time. It could be a limited warranty or a Lifetime warranty. These warranties can be over the tenure of many different lengths. However, sometimes a product may last longer than this, so it is important to understand when you need to replace something due to its age preventing it from operating like it did when it was brand new. We will discuss some telltale signs you can look for to determine whether you need window replacement.
Windows have a seal around them which will determine whether or not air, which can be hot or cold, can get it. An easy way to check this is to go to your window during a cold day and stand beside it. If your window is not keeping outside air from staying out of the home as it should, it will feel considerably colder near your windows than with a window that operates okay. Windows should not allow any air through your home at an amount you can actively notice.
So let’s say you go next to your windows but cannot tell if they are drafty. There is another way to determine if your windows are no longer operating as they should. Windows are typically double-paned and filled with a gas called argon which helps with insulation. But, if you see condensation between the two panes of glass, this is a sure sign that your window’s seal is no longer operating as it should.
High Energy Bills
During the months of Winter, we tend to run our heater a lot, which will, in turn, raise your electricity or gas bills. If you checked for drafty windows last year and have not changed your heating and cooling habits, but your energy bills have risen this year, check your windows again. They may cause your energy bill to spike in the summer and Winter.
Windows do all sorts of things. They can slide up and down; they can even swing out. This should be and remain a very easy task. If this becomes difficult, this is a definitive sign of the window not acting as it should. Windows with a wooden frame are at an elevated chance for this due to the basic characteristics of wood and its tendency to expand when it draws in moisture.
If you think that your windows are not working as they did when they were new and would like to schedule for window replacement, do not hesitate to contact us immediately by calling (410) 612-0511 or through our online form.