Are you interested on saving money on your home heating bill this winter? Then it’s time to take a walk around the house. The task: checking the condition of your windows. Small damage to windows, including small cracks and seal gaps, can have a huge impact on how cold it is inside the house.
Basement Windows: Secret Cause of Many High Home Heating Bills
Not every South Shore home has a basement, but many do. Basement windows are especially prone to damage. Look for cracks, chips, breaks, or even glass that’s missing entirely. This damage can let cold air into the basement, which drops the home’s overall temperature. Your furnace has to work harder, and you have to spend more money heating the home. Additionally, damaged basement windows can let in lots of moisture, rodents and other pests, and in a very worse case scenario, criminals.
First Floor Windows: Kitchen, Bathroom, Home Office, Living Room & Parlor Windows
The first floor windows of a home are the windows most likely to be kept in good repair. These are the windows typically most visible to the family as well as to any passers by. During your inspection of your windows, you’ll want to keep in mind any complaints the family has had about an area being drafty or cold. The windows in those areas deserve extra scrutiny: they may have vulnerabilities that need to be addressed before winter hits.
Second & Third Floor Windows: Bird Strikes & Storm Damage
As a South Shore window company, a lot of the damage we see happening to second and third floor windows happens due to bird strikes or storm damage. That being said, windows do have an expected useful life span, after which their thermal performance suffers. If the upstairs windows are more than 25 years old, it might be time for window replacement.