Few things can have a more positive impact on your home than additional windows. Not only do they provide natural light, but windows are also a vital source of home ventilation. However, if your windows are not performing in an energy-efficient way, they can also be a source of energy loss and drafts throughout your home. Consider contacting your Northbrook area window supplier if your home is showing any of these common signs of a need for window replacement.
Windows Stick in Place: Ideally, your windows should easily slide open and close securely, creating a firm seal. If your windows have begun to stick in place, it is likely a sign that their functional use is deteriorating. Windows that do not open and close easily can be prone to air leaks and condensation or fogging between the glass panes as a result of poor function.
Energy Bills Are High: If your energy bills have been higher than normal, your windows may be to blame. Even older windows in good condition pale in comparison to modern window units in terms of energy efficiency. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners can save an average of $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows with energy-efficient models. In addition, energy-efficient windows can help to increase your home’s value.
Weak Insulation Causing Drafts: As the insulation around your windows begins to deteriorate, openings can begin to form, allowing unwanted drafts into your home. To check for a draft, hold a lighted candle in front of your window’s edge. A flickering candle will signal that a draft is coming through the window. If your home is suffering from drafts, it may be time to consider window replacement. New windows will not only eliminate chilly drafts in your home; they will also help to seal out noise and other elements.
If you are considering replacing your existing windows or installing additional ones, contact Apex Exteriors, Inc. at (847) 961-4601 to speak with one of our window professionals today. We carry a full line of high-quality and energy-efficient windows and doors that can help to improve the aesthetic quality of your home.