If you have a home that's more than a decade old, chances are you've started experiencing issues with your windows. Here's a look at the five common signs something is wrong with your windows and what you need to do in each case.
Windows that shake when a train or jet plane pass nearby are normal. But if your windows rattle every time the breeze picks up, that's a bad sign.
First, check to make sure that all your screens and storm windows are tight fitting and haven't been pushed loose by ice, snow or temperature fluctuations. Next, make sure all the windows are closed properly. If they still make noise after that, you probably need to have them replaced.
Usually what you'll find is that the windows have metal frames, which makes them subject to denting, warping and shrinking and causes them to lose their shape permanently. The good news is if the outer wooden window frame is still in good condition, you can purchase replacement windows with vinyl frames. These will fit better: they'll be less noisy, and they will make your home more energy efficient as well.
If you live in a colder climate and can feel a draft in your rooms, it might be your windows. First, check all your exterior doors to make sure they fit tightly on all four sides. Check your storm doors, too, to make sure they are closing completely and any screen areas have been replaced with glass for the winter.
If you don't have storm doors, consider installing them. If your exterior doors need replacing, it may well be worth the cost in energy savings. Don't forget about weather stripping in any areas that have even small gaps.
If you have eliminated loose doors or other openings, like your chimney, as a cause for drafts in your home, you probably need to have your windows replaced. While many homeowners opt to have a professional window company do the job, if you have some experience with home repair and the right tools, you can do it yourself.
Broken or Poorly Operating Windows
If you have windows that don't work properly, there can be several things going on. First, make sure any broken panes of glass, even cracked ones, get replaced. This is a very easy and inexpensive repair that a home repair specialist or window shop can do, or you can do it yourself.
Windows that don't raise or lower properly might need lubrication. An easy and cheap way to fix this is to rub a bar of soap along the tracks the window slides on. If the sash cords that hold up the window are broken, these need to be repaired by taking the window apart and replacing them--another DIY job or project for your favorite repair person.
Condensation Between Layers
If you have insulated panes of glass in your windows, they work by trapping air between the layers to prevent it from conducting heat away from your house. More modern windows have gas added between the layers to decrease the coefficient of thermal conductivity--the factor that determines how fast heat is lost.
Sometimes, however, these windows can fail. It could be because the gasket (seal) is worn or damaged. It could also be that the windows were not installed properly in the first place. Either way, windows with fogging should be replaced by a professional with a high quality product. This is not a job you should do yourself.
High Heating Bills
If your heating bills are sky high, take a look at the suggestions above and check these areas as well:
If those concerns have been addressed, once again it's time to look at replacing your windows. While replacement windows can be costly at the time, they are a good investment, as they can significantly lower your heating costs, and over 75% can be recouped in the sale of your home.Share
5 November 2014
My heating bills were outrageous, so I started doing some research to find out the reason. One of the culprits of my huge heating bills was my windows. They were old, drafty and they were the main reason why I was losing so much heat in my house. To solve this problem and to stop throwing money away, I purchased replacement windows. After having the windows installed, I could immediately see a difference in my utility bills. My name is Gina Marler and I'm here to help you save money. You'll learn everything you need to know about replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient windows. In addition to replacing your windows, I'll also give you more tips on how you can save money. I hope that you find my blog informative and that you'll soon see a difference in your heating bills too.