You've got your hot cocoa, your fireplace is roaring, and you are all set to weather the incoming cold-but are your windows? You might be appalled to learn how much heat can escape from your home if your windows are not adequately sealed. Properly sealed windows can save a home up to 25% on your heating bill, so imagine how much improperly sealed windows are costing you. We know your heating bill is high enough; you could be throwing money out of the window if heat is escaping, well...out of the window.
What to look for:
First look for any visual signs that your windows are wasting heat. Notice any cracks in the seal, deteriorating caulk, or any misalignment from the pane to the sill. Next, put your hand close to the bottom of the window: does it feel drastically colder than the temperature of the center of the room? Can you feel a draft? If so, not only is heat escaping, but worse, the cold is getting in. This could also be an indicator that other elements aside from the wind are sneaking in. Perhaps water is also squeezing into any insufficient seals, which can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. As Maryland's Fall has been particularly damp this year, now might be the perfect time to determine if your windows are ready to handle the incoming winter.
How to fix it:
Columbia Roofing installs vinyl replacement windows. We highly recommend the BFRich Vintage P-x6 Green Shield Windows-The benefits of Vintage include:
-Duralite warm edge spaces which improve the total window U-factor
-Heat control soft coat Ag3 Low-E glass reflects the heat and filters up to 94% of ultra-violet rays
-SunClean self-cleaning glass
-Anti-microbial treated gold series weather seal is resistant to mold, mildew and fungus
Not sure if your windows are winter-ready? We also provide a free thorough estimate of your home from the attic to the basement! To request an estimate simply click here to fill out this form, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.
This winter, get warm and stay warm! Your house should be comfortable for you during these chilly months. If you start to question whether or not Frosty the Snowman would even melt if he entered your house, it might be time to check your windows.