Have you ever been sitting on your couch on a cool day and felt that chill in the air, almost as if the A/C was still on? Do your curtains move whenever it’s windy, even when the windows are closed? Have your heating or cooling bills been rising steadily? The culprit could be clear as glass – window glass, that is. Drafty windows can make it difficult to regulate the temperature within your home. This can lead to excess energy consumption, which means higher costs to you. So, what can you do about it? Our window experts explain more below.
What causes drafty windows?
There are a number of different causes for windows becoming drafty, the initial one being installation. When windows are not installed properly, drafts can result. This is one of the main reasons we advise against DIY window installation. Without professional training, it can be easy to make mistakes while installing windows. And in many cases, the money you save on the front end by not paying an expert, you’ll end up spending over time on unnecessary excess energy costs.
Another reason why windows may become drafty is their age. If the windows in your home haven’t been replaced since the property was originally built, then there’s a very high likelihood they’ve aged out of effective use. This is especially the case if your windows are made of wood, as over time, moisture can cause them to shift and change shape, impacting the original seal around them.
What to do about drafty windows
Now that you have a better idea of what’s causing your windows to be drafty, the next logical question is, what can you do about it? The answer to this may depend on the specific cause of the draft. For instance, if upon closer inspection, you discover that the draft is the result of a missing or damaged seal, you may be able to get away with a simple repair.
If the reason for your home’s draftiness is due to improper installation or old windows, on the other hand, your best bet is to invest in replacement windows. Keep in mind that this will cost money upfront, but when you factor in the energy savings you’ll realize from having properly installed, properly sealed, high quality windows, those costs will undoubtedly be offset. Additionally, replacement windows add to the curb appeal of your home, and in many cases, could increase its overall value.
The best way to determine which course of action meets your specific needs and situation is to have your windows inspected and assessed by an experienced window professional. At My Affordable Glass & Remodeling, we pride ourselves in operating with honesty and integrity. We’d be happy to come out, take a look at your current windows and provide a straightforward recommendation. If a simple repair will suffice, we’ll tell you that! And if a window replacement is your best option, we’ll provide a transparent, no-obligation quote. It’s that simple.
If you have drafty windows, get in touch with our team today. We’re here to help!