When homeowners think of their home’s windows, the most common question they ask themselves is, “How do I know if it’s already time to replace my windows?”
A lot of people nowadays are slowly realizing the importance of having new windows for their homes because of fuel increases as well the tax incentives that are provided by the government. Here are a couple of things that will help you determine whether or not you already need to get new replacement windows. Let’s also go over some tips that will help you find the best replacement windows that will help improve the beauty and overall value of your home.
First off, you need to consider if your windows are giving you the cold shoulder. You can check this by placing your hand on the glass pane of your window during a cold day. Feel if the glass is warm like your home or if it’s cold like the weather outside. If the glass feels cold, then this is a good indicator that the windows that you have at home may no longer be functioning at their best.
Next, touch the frame of the window. Try to check if the frame has the same temperature as your home or if it’s cold like the temperature outside. If the frame feels cold, this means that it’s not functioning properly and a considerable amount of heat is escaping outside your house. This is so because energy efficient and well-functioning windows reflect heat from your furnace back inside your home.
Another good thing to do to check if your windows still work properly would be to light a matchstick and move it around your window. See whether the flame from the matchstick flickers or blows out. If that happens, your window is allowing air to pass through. This means that your house is experiencing a great deal of heating and cooling loss. Having the best quality replacement windows from Zen Windows will help you save a lot of money by having the energy efficiency that your house needs to cut down heating and air conditioning costs.
The look of the glass on your window is another good indicator that you need to get new windows. If the glass looks fogged up, it’s because of a seal failure and cold air infiltration is very imminent.
Lastly, open and close your windows by only using one finger on each hand. A good window is easily operable and provides both proper ventilation and security for you and your family. Inoperable windows can be a huge hindrance for different reasons such as endangering an exit during a fire; and causing poor air quality inside your home because of exposure to allergens, mold, and mildew.
The best replacement windows not only make your house look good but they also enhance its value. Give Zen Windows a call today and let’s discuss the best replacement windows for your home.