If you’ve begun to notice that your windows are drafty, that they let in heat when it’s hot and let in cool air when it’s cold, then you’ve likely wondered what you can do about it. In some cases, you can simply insulate your windows to ensure you get a good seal. In other cases, it may be time to replace your windows entirely. Remember that the decision you make could impact your utility bills – the draftier your windows are, the higher your utility bills are likely to be.
There is no easy answer to this question. It may be that your windows just need a quick fix or it may be time to replace your windows altogether. The easiest way to find out is to call Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 and let us offer you a free assessment. Otherwise, read on to learn how you can tell.
Windows lose their seal for a wide range of reasons
One of the reasons that it’s not always easy to tell a homeowner if they can simply insulate their windows or if they need to replace them altogether, is because there are many reasons that windows can become drafty. In some cases, it’s poor workmanship, in others it’s having the wrong windows installed in the first place. Sometimes it’s an issue of the putty becoming brittle and chipping away, and sometimes it’s an issue of warming and distorting of the frames themselves.
Quick fix options
There are a few quick fix options you can consider if you truly don’t think it’s time to replace your windows. You can try using the plastic film you’ve seen at your local hardware store. This can help a room retain as much as 55% of its heat. It’s affordable and quick, but it isn’t the best to look at – and homes with pets or young kids may find that it doesn’t last long at all!
You could also try the draft snakes you’ve seen used for doors. Yes, they can be used on windows too! You can even make one with a long sock filled with dry rice. Again, this is an eye sore but it is a short-term, quick-fix solution.
You may need to replace your windows
If these options don’t work, or if you’re looking for a long-term solution that can actually add value to your home, then it may be time to contact Progressive Insulation & Windows. Call us today at (800) 500-6200 and let us assess your windows. We can tell you quickly if there are simple repairs to be made or if it’s time to invest in the future of your windows.