Every construct of your house plays a part in the overall efficiency of your home. From the quality of your roof to the condition of your siding, it’s essential that you’re staying on top of the different components of your home so that you can recognize when they’re no longer performing as needed and are now hurting the efficiency of your home.
One of the things that every homeowner needs to take into consideration is the condition of their windows and how well they’re performing. Keep reading to learn a few of the signs that your windows aren’t helping with your home’s efficiency and may be in need of repairs or replacement.
You Feel a Draft
If you’re feeling a draft near your windows, then it is beyond time for you to have your windows looked at. While your windows should be able to let a cool breeze in, you don’t want that to be the case when they’re entirely shut. If there is a draft coming from your window you can count on one thing: a leak.
When air can easily make its way into your home, it can easily make its way out. That means that the air that your HVAC unit is working to heat or cool is escaping your home. In the long-run, your HVAC system winds up doing more work. Whether your windows simply need to be resealed around the cracks or they need to be replaced, this is a significant issue that’s costing you money.
When temperatures drop outside, condensation builds up on the inside of our windows. This is something that people believe is regular, but in reality, this is a sign that your windows are not energy efficient. More often than not, this happens to single-pane or outdated windows. Condensation is a sign of cold air coming into contact with warm air and the lack of insulation that made it possible.
One of the ways that this issue has been tackled is with double-pane windows that help maintain temperature indoors regardless of the temperature outdoors. That means that the chilly air of Arlington mornings won’t affect the warmth of your home or require your HVAC unit to do extra work.
Your Window Frames are Falling Apart
The frames holding your windows in place are just as important as the windows themselves. While the quality of the pane is going to make a difference with the efficiency, the condition of the frame is also going to play a significant part in how well your home is maintaining its efficiency.
When window frames get old, or they start to deteriorate, cracks form and energy escapes. Though it may not seem like a big deal, these repairs are crucial to your windows working efficiently. You could invest in the highest quality of window panes and still struggle with energy efficiency due to outdated or broken window frames.
Your Energy Bills Have Gone Up
While your windows aren’t the only factor that plays into a heightened electric bill, they certainly do contribute to it. Now, there are various reasons that your electric bill may have gone up: a change of seasons, increase in residents, the addition of new appliances, and the like. If you haven’t added any new variables into the mix, then it could be an underlying part of your home that’s contributing to the rise in your bill.
When windows aren’t working as needed, energy consumption is at a high. If your windows are showing all of the signs that we’ve listed above, then there is a good chance that your windows are, at the very least, contributing to the heightened cost of your energy bills.
Schedule an Energy Audit
The windows in your home are one of the many ways that your home could be wasting energy, but they’re certainly not the only one. Apex Home Energy Savings provides homeowners and business owners in the Arlington area with energy audits that allow for them to optimize their energy consumption. From improving the quality of windows in your home to replacing the HVAC system in your commercial building, our team is here to help.
Contact our team today to schedule an energy audit. A member of our team would be happy to take care of you. We offer a wide range of services to ensure that your Arlington home is as energy efficient as possible.