Keeping Warm This Winter Doesn’t Have to Cost a Bundle

Having a hard time fending off the winter chill in your home? Don’t immediately blame your furnace; the culprit may be your windows. According to Weather Underground, the average temperature for Denver on February 4th, 2014 was just seven degrees. Add in the gusting seventeen mile per hour winds and suddenly the outside air feels well below zero. On a chilly day like that here in Colorado or abroad, you may find yourself wondering why you have to constantly turn up the thermostat in your home to stay comfortable. Before you replace your furnace, take a look at your windows.

Are they single pane?

Single pane windows are often installed when a home is built to cut costs. Since there is only a single pane of glass between the inside and outside air, they conduct heat more easily than double or triple paned windows.

Are they drafty?

Hold your hand up in front of the window pane and around the edges. Do you feel air movement? Drafty windows indicate that heat from your home is on its way out. Warmth may be flowing out through bad seals or even through the glass itself, causing air movement.

Is the wood around them rotting, cracking or warping?

If the wood around your windows is in bad shape, moisture from the outside is probably leaking in and causing damage. Heating and cooling cycles throughout the year cause materials to expand and contract, which can add to the degradation. Frame damage weakens seals and can lead to even more moisture entering and heat leaving during the winter months.

Is there condensation or frost on the inside of the window pane?

This is a sure sign that your windows are inefficient. Moisture in the air inside your home loses heat energy to the outside air when it comes into contact with the window pane. When that moisture condenses (or worse condenses and then freezes), that indicates there is a large amount of heat being lost through the window.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to replace your windows.

As summers and winters come and go, bad windows can end up costing you a lot of money in sky high energy bills. However, let’s be honest, new windows can be expensive. Replacing a single average-sized window in Denver (with labor included) can be up to $450. If you replace 8–10 windows in a typical small home, the total bill will be between $3600 and $4500, which is a significant expense for any homeowner. However, if you are planning to keep your home for at least a few years, the expense will be worthwhile. According to Energy Star, a program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, new windows can reduce your energy bills by as much as 15%. That can add up to quite a bit of cash over the course of, say, ten years. To help offset the initial cost utility companies like Xcel Energy offer additional rebates and you may even qualify for a tax credit from Uncle Sam at the end of the year.

The next time you run to turn up the heat when the weather is frigid, stop and take a look at your windows. What you find could save you a bundle.

Author Bio:

This article is provided by Jay Lillien the owner of 303 Windows a Denver Window company serving Denver Metro Area by installing Amerimax Vinyl Windows.