Are Your Windows Wasting Energy?

How much energy are you losing through your windows? Old anddamaged windows allow warm air to sneak into your home and cold air to escape.If you’re experiencing an unusual increase in your utility bill as summerpresses on, your windows may be the culprit. Let’s run through the underlyingissues.

Cracks

We know what you’re thinking: if my window had cracks, I’dknow. But bear with us. In areas like New Jersey where climates are known forextreme changes in temperature, the beams and supports that keep your homestanding react to that change in temperature by expanding in the summer. Thisminor expansion (and contraction in the winter) slightly change the shape ofthe openings designed for your windows. As this process continues over thecourse of several years, the pressure placed on your window frames changes.When the pressure becomes too much and weakens the frame, it cracks. This canthen fracture the window glass itself.

This slow and steady process doesn’t always result in majorvisible cracks. Check both your frame /and/ your window for minor striations.If you’re interested in doing a thorough check, try one ofthese methods.

Structure Gaps

The frames and glass aren’t the only part of your windowssusceptible to weather damage. Your window’s weather strips, calking, andsealants can also warp over time. When these parts become disfigured, they nolonger fit neatly within the tracks designed for them, and gaps appear. In theworst of times, this can lead to the warping of your window.  While you can replace the strips andsealants, there’s no helping a warped window.

Poor Window Design

Not all windows are created equal. Clear glass, for example,allows far more heat to enter your home than its low-E coated counterpart. Tosee an exact breakdown of heat loss based on window types, click here.

If your windows check out and your home is still too hot forcomfort, call Heating Specialties (866) 923-2653 . Fixed Right, Guaranteed!