Living in the Chicago area means that we have to deal with frigid cold weather, snow and other nuisances that wreak havoc on our windows. As an area of the country that spends a great deal of our money on heating our homes, installing replacement windows is a key factor in the comfort and efficiency that we experience. There are a variety of obvious reasons that you would need to replace your windows such as cracks or leaks that are noticeable to the naked eye, but we are going to discuss the reasons that might not be as obvious.
Lack of Insulation
If your windows are very old, chances are they are single pane and not insulated. What this means for your home is that your furnace must run much harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the winter because your windows are not helping the warm air stay inside. Rather than letting the air escape, you can install replacement windows with a high R-value, allowing you to make your home more comfortable, reduce your heating bill and reduce the wear and tear on your furnace.
Non-insulated glass gets very cold in the winter. This makes the moisture inside your home gravitate toward the window glass simply because it is attracted to the coldest area of the room. This results in condensation on the glass. The problems don’t end there. The moisture could lead to rotting, mold or fungus growth, putting the air quality in your home and its structure at risk as well.
If there is an area of your home that feels exceptionally cold, chances are it is subjected to a draft. Older windows lack proper weather stripping. This allows cold air to enter the home, causing the temperature to be exceptionally cold in that room as well as higher utility bills. Some rooms that are too far from the thermostat never reach a comfortable temperature, leaving it cold all of the time.
Installing replacement windows on your home makes sense for many reasons. You will experience easier comfort, reduce your utility bills and reduce the wear and tear on your furnace. In the long run, your investment will save you money as you will have to have fewer repairs or replacements on your utilities and your will save a significant amount of money every year on your utility bills.