Making the switch to energy efficient windows has become more and more common with homeowners in Colorado. We deal with massive swings in temperature from blazing summers to frozen winters and that takes a toll on our wallets. If your windows are old, builder grade, or an inferior product like aluminum you are probably paying a lot more for your heating and cooling than is necessary. We figured it’s a new year, new you…maybe new windows? We get it, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I can’t afford new windows!” and believe us, we hear you. It’s a very common concern from our clients as well as industry wide.
We’re not here to tell you that you need to upgrade your entire home. Every home is different and there are some good signs to know whether you should consider upgrading a few, some rooms, or the whole house. Plus, you may already have some seriously efficient windows and may not need to upgrade at all. The important thing is for you to have the tools necessary to know if there is an issue that could be costing you hundreds every year. Here’s what to look for:
- Are your windows drafty? If you constantly need a blanket wrapped around you when you’re trying to hang out in your living room your windows may be to blame. Hold your hand up to your window (not touching the glass), if there’s a quickly noticeable temperature change or if you can actually feel air coming through (brrr) you are a great candidate for new windows. Upgrading inefficient windows will add a ton of comfort to your home and allow you to stop fighting with the elements.
- Do you see huge spikes in your heating/cooling costs during the winter and summer? A moderate shift is to be expected. We’re lucky enough to live in a state where the temperature is comfortable enough to leave the windows open most of the time. That being said, if you’re shelling out hundreds come the colder or hotter months you may want to get a professional to look at your windows. Upgrading to energy star rated windows are an initial investment that can save you thousands in the long run.
- Are your windows foggy with condensation? This means that the seal has broken on your window and therefore it no longer contains argon gas between the panes. Argon gas acts as an insulator within the windows and is critical to their ability to keep your home comfortable. This is not be confused with a broken pane (i.e. broken glass) which can usually just be repaired.
- Do you have a single pane window? This is definitely something you’ll want to get replaced sooner rather than later. That argon gas we just mentioned, is what insulates your windows. If it’s not there you’re windows are not acting as a good insulator for your home and should definitely be upgraded. The good news is, with most companies, you can typically do this in stages.
So, what’s the first step? Get a consultation! Seriously, it’s important to get the expert opinion of someone you can trust; someone that will act as your advocate. If you have someone in your family or a friend that does windows reach out to them. If you don’t happen to have an inside connection to the industry call a small, local company you can trust. Bigger businesses aren’t always concerned with building a relationship with their customers but, by working with a smaller company you get that one on one client experience. A smaller company will also be far more concerned with ensuring you feel you are being taken care of and are getting honest feedback. We offer free window consultations and are more than happy to run efficiency tests on your windows so you can actually see if there’s a problem or not.