If your home is 10 years older it may be time to replace your windows. Upgrading to energy-efficient windows will give your home added beauty, curb appeal, security, and energy efficiency. Wouldn’t it be great to see a significant savings each month in your energy bill.
How do you know if it is time to replace?
Does your home feel too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer?
Do you feel air (cold or hot) when you pass by windows and doors?
Do your curtains billow or blow, even when they are closed?
Are your windows cracked?
Does your door let in drafts?
Do you need a step ladder to clean the outside of your windows?
Are your monthly energy bills getting more expensive?
If you answered yes, you should replace your home’s windows with new, energy efficient windows.
Infrared light is what we know as heat. “Low-e” (low emissivity) glass has the ability to block out certain amounts of harmful UV light as well as certain amounts of IR light. When IR light enters your home, it heats up your home which cost you additional money to cool down. “Low-e” glass reflects this energy, keeping your home cool in the hot summer months.
During the winter monthe, your “low-e” glass will keep that heat from escaping by bouncing the heat energy it creates back into your home, instead of letting it out like you old, drafty windows. The heat reflecting properties of “low-e” glass will help keep your energy costs down year round, making them the smart, economical choice when replacing the windows in your home.
Most of today’s windows are made from a frame material and an insulating glass “sandwich”—each component subject to wear, weathering, and potential failure. Weatherstripping in the frame and moving parts can wear out with use. An insulating glass panel may suffer a broken seal after years of expansion and contraction with temperature changes—creating a “fogged” look as moisture accumulates between the glass panels.
Some windows can last up to 50 years. Some of the factors that go into the determination include:
Quality Construction practices and building style
Climate and Exposure
Routine Care and Maintenance
Replacement of parts that wear with Use