With energy costs increasing at an alarming rate over the past two decades, energy efficiency has become a necessity in every household. As soon as your windows lose their energy efficiency, they quickly lose their value since they end up costing you extra every month. So, how can you tell if your windows are no longer energy efficient? Renewal by Andersen® of Omaha and Lincoln shares five signs.
1. Check for Cracks
A window’s energy efficiency lies in its structural integrity. As soon as the windows get damaged, air can easily leak through the damaged parts and cause the windows to lose their efficiency. As soon as you see cracks in your windows, get replacement windows ASAP.
2. Look for Leaks
Leaks occur when small gaps in or around the windows allow air to pass through. Since leaks have a negative effect on your home’s insulation, it causes your heating and air conditioning appliances to use up more energy to compensate for the leak.
3. Assess Their Age
Older windows generally lack the features that keep them from being as efficient as the ones available these days. For example, modern windows from Renewal by Andersen have Fibrex® frames and Low-E glass panes that are far more energy efficient than even the best windows made over a decade ago. If your current windows lack these features, you need to consider window replacement before your energy losses add up.
4. Track Your Indoor Temperature
If you’re seeing an inconsistent trend in your indoor temperature, it means that your appliances are struggling to keep the indoor air regulated because your windows’ insulation is no longer effective. You should also compare your monthly electric bills: a constant increase in your energy costs may indicate a problem with inefficient windows.
5. Watch Out for Water
Water damage near or around your windows is a very serious problem, but that’s also a clear indicator that something’s wrong with your windows’ insulation. After all, if water can get through them, then air leaks are way more likely to be happening as well. As soon as you see signs of water damage, get help from the professionals and have replacement windows installed.
Get rid of inefficient windows, and save on energy costs in the long run. Renewal by Andersen of Omaha and Lincoln is your leading supplier of energy-efficient window solutions in Omaha, Bellevue and Lincoln, NE. Just give us a call at (402) 513-2828, or fill out our online form for a free quote.