How much is your power bill every month? Do you ever feel like your power use remains unchanged but your bill continues to get more and more expensive?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling financially. Luckily, there are changes you can make around your home to save you money and relieve some of the financial stress on you and your family. The first step to becoming a cost-conscious homeowner is taking a look at your old windows.
The Problem with Your Old Windows
If you live in an older home, chances are your old windows are contributing to your increased power bill. Old windows can be drafty and will allow the outside temperature to affect the temperature inside the home. This results in your air conditioning unit and your heater working overtime to heat and cool your home, when they could be doing so at a much lower cost to the household.
Why Your Old Windows Are Costing You Money
There are many reasons why your old windows might be costing you more in energy bills. Below are some of the most common reasons.
● Old window frames lack insulating properties, which means they can’t keep heat out during the summer or in during the winter
● Even if they seem completely functional, old windows may have small cracks or breaks that leave your home vulnerage to leakage, drafts, allergens and insects
● Untreated glass lets in ultraviolet light that can discolor carpet and fade furniture
When to Replace Your Old Windows
There are clear signs to look for when it’s time to replace your old windows. Consider a window replacement if you notice any of the following issues.
● Damaged or rotting window frames
● Decreased temperature control inside the house
● Cracked or broken glass panes in the windows
● Drafty rooms and temperature changes near the windows
● Difficulty when opening or closing windows
If you notice any of these signs, there’s a good change that your increased power bills are due to your old, outdated windows.
Choosing the Right Window Replacement
There are many different kinds of windows and frames to choose from when remodeling your outdated windows. Make sure to consider all options to be sure you’ve made the best choice for your home. Below, you can find a breakdown of the most popular types of windows.
Although expensive to maintain and repair, bay windows are designed to make any room appear larger and airier.
Perfect for storm-prone areas, impact windows are designed not to shatter when hit with flying debris.
These windows not only protect you and your family during hurricane season, but they’re specifically designed to save you money on energy bills.
Now that you’ve learned the dangers of old windows, it’s time to inspect your own. Carefully look over all the old windows in your home and inspect them for cracks, rot and drafty spots. If you detect any problem areas, it’s time to replace your old windows and save on your power bills.
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