Winter has hit us hard in Central New York over the last week or so, and the temperature keeps dropping! How high you set your thermostat is directly related to, both, the temperature outside and how efficiently your windows are performing to keep the heat in. Older, inefficient windows cause heat to escape and can make it harder for you to maintain a consistent temperature in your home – costing you hundreds of dollars in energy bills every year.
Maybe you’re experiencing these common winter, window problems:
Metal and wooden windows can become warped as a result of consistent exposure to moisture, especially with heavy snowfalls that can sit on window frames and sills for long periods of time. You may not even notice that the windows have become warped, but even slight shifts in the shape of the frame can significantly undermine the performance of the window. You will lose a lot of warm air, and feel a lot of cold air coming in.
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to a warped frame. There are temporary solutions i.e. plastic covers, but if your windows have become warped, they need to be replaced. New York Sash vinyl replacements windows are the perfect solution since they will not warp, even after repeated exposure to moisture and they meet stringent industry standards for insulation, structural strength and resistance to the elements.
When windows are installed, the frame is sealed to fill any cracks that are left where the frame of the window meets the house. Over time, this sealant can break down, allowing air to escape or water to get in. If the window itself is energy efficient, using the right grade of caulk to re-seal any of the leaks will solve your problem.
However, even if leaks are sealed, you may still be losing energy with older windows. New York Sash vinyl replacement windows feature insulated glass, which exceeds Energy Star requirements and will help you save money on those energy bills!