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Should I replace my home’s windows?

The decision to replace the windows in your home is a big one.  How do you know if it’s really necessary?  With time and use, windows wear out.  They can become less energy efficient and begin to break down structurally.  There are a few definite signs that will let you know if it is time for replacement windows.

 

New Windows1.  Windows Become Drafty

All windows will let a little bit of air into and out of your home, but you should not be able to detect a draft.  If you can, then the windows are letting too much air through.  Over many years of use windows can become warped or the frames can become loose which would allow too much air to pass through.  If this happens your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.  That will cause your energy bills to be higher, which is a sure sign that the windows need to be replaced.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy for this problem, but since sealants expand and contract, the leaks will not be sealed for very long.

2.  Difficulty Opening and Closing the Windows

This sign is a pretty obvious one.  Clearly, if you cannot open or close your windows they are no longer useful and ne to be replaced.  Wooden windows can warp and cause them not to go up and down.  Metal windows, when not properly painted can rot or rust, which can also cause them not to operate properly as well.  Double hung and triple hung windows utilize a balance system that allows them to move up and down.  If this malfunctions the windows might suddenly slam shut, which is hazardous.

3.   Condensation Between Panes on Double or Triple Paned WindowsWindows

If there is condensation, fog or even white calcium deposits between the panes of glass in triple or double paned windows, it is a sign that the seal between them may have been broken.  This means that the glass is no longer insulating against the outdoor temperatures.  In cases like this, the windows, or at least the panes of glass must be replaced.

Thermostat 4.  High Heating and Cooling Costs

If your heating and cooling costs are high, old and inefficient windows may be the cause.  If the windows in your home are very old they are probably not energy efficient.  In the long run, replacing the old windows with new, energy efficient windows will save you enough money on your utility bills to pay for themselves.

If you would like to find out if your windows should be replaced call Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7707 or visit our website here: http://www.carriganddancerinsulation.com/ .

 

If you would like to read the original article that inspired this blog post click here.

Spray Foam Insulation Has Many Benefits

Insulating with spray foam offers many valuable benefits!  Some of them are:Image-Residential-wall

  • health benefits
  • structural benefits
  • financial benefits

Spray foam insulation cuts down on air leaks, which can account for 30% of a home’s annual heating and cooling expenses. Insulating with spray foam also aids in controling the growth of mildew and mold which can cause so many very serious health issues!  One way it does this is by greatly reducing the amount of water vapor that gets in through the leakage of air.  It creates better indoor air quality in much the same way.  Less air leakage means less dust, pollen and other particulates can get in, which is a big benefit to people with allergies and asthma.

Commercial Spray FoamSpray foam also adds a lot of internal strength to walls in the event of strong winds.  It adds resistance to high wind uplift and blow-off for roofing through spray foam’s lack of fasteners that cause holes like nails and screws, and the lack of joints or edges.

Another terrific benefit of spray foam insulation is the reduction of noise!  It can help soften the volume airborne noise, which is caused by stereos, talking, video games and tvs.  This is accomplished by sealing every crack and crevice that would allow these noises to travel to your ears.  It also reduces something called flanking noise, which happens when sound travels through spaces along plumbing pipes, electrical outlets, recessed lighting fixtures and framing connections.

Of course spray foam will also save you money!  Spray foam insulation allows heating and cooling systems tooperate at much more energy efficient levels by sealing all of the spaces where air can get into or out of buildings.  Spray foam insulation can help homeowners qualify for grants and tax credits too!

Watch this video that talks about the benefits of spray foam insulation:

If you have any questions please contact Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704 or click here to visit our website for more information.