As we enter a blustery 2018, this cold snap may have you noticing come “cracks” in your home’s ability to ward off arctic drafts. In fact, one of the most common heating losses come from poorly sealed doors and windows which can let in cold air. If you’re noticing cold air entering your home through old windows, then upgrading to new ones can boost your home’s value while also making it more energy-efficient.
Here are 6 signs your home needs new windows.
1. Your HVAC is exhausted.
Do you find your home struggling to stay a comfortable temperature when the temperatures get extreme? If you notice that your system seems to be running on “overtime” when it shouldn’t, you should feel around your windows for drafts coming in. If you either feel an arctic breeze or sauna-like temps seeping into your home, then you have the main culprit for your HVAC’s woes.
2. You have high energy bills.
Another side effect of bad windows is having high utility bills. This symptom is related to point #1 because your HVAC is working extra hard to keep your home comfortable. Once you replace faulty windows, you could see improvements in your energy bills. For example, if you switch to Energy Star windows, you can see savings that fall around $130–$470 per year.
3. Your windows look outdated.
When it comes to windows, it’s not all about performance. Keeping up with the times and having attractive windows does well for your home’s value aesthetic appeal! The right window upgrade will boost your home’s curb appeal and have it appraise for a higher cost.
4. They’re hard to clean.
Old-fashioned windows are a pain to keep tidy. But newer models, like Provia windows, can easily fold out and turn their panes horizontal for easy cleanup. This makes tedious 2nd-floor window cleaning become a DIY project as you can clean your windows from the inside of your home.
5. You’re cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
When your HVAC gets exhausted, you may also find that you’re not comfortable at home during the extreme seasons. Though ceiling fans or space heaters can help you feel better, these are indicators that your HVAC isn’t doing its job.
6. They’re cracked or broken.
If you’ve been putting off fixing the window that your neighbor’s kid struck with a baseball, you should consider replacing it now. A broken or cracked window isn’t just a security issue. Its lack of energy-efficiency can also have a negative impact on your utility bills. You’ll also be improving your home’s curb appeal and be doing your neighborhood a favor by keeping your home beautiful.
Window Repair & Replacement in Northern Virginia
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