As we face the severity of another brutally cold winter here in New England, it becomes necessary to ensure our homes are protected. This starts with the most vulnerable points of entry – not just for burglars but for cold air to seep in and rob our homes of heat.
Heat is an expensive commodity, whether you have oil, electric or propane. To lose a big percentage of that heat through your windows can lead to lost energy bill savings and comfort. Here are some things to keep in mind as you inspect your windows this winter.
Make sure seals are tight and not worn. If they are brittle, cracked or worn, have them replaced by a professional.
Gaps Around Frames
This is where a lot of cold air can seep through. Do you notice cold air or see the outside when you check around the frames of your windows? You will have to seal them with caulk, or, if the problem is very noticeable, you may have to have the window replaced or at least reframed. For double hung windows, replace seal between sliding frames if necessary.
Also, check the outside seal around the window frames to prevent water intrusion. Moisture can lead to rotting in wood windows as well as the growth of mold, which poses a health risk to occupants.
Look for cracks in the glass. These will have to be repaired by a professional or replaced, depending on the severity of the problem. There are many different types of cracks, such as:
- Impact cracks caused by a flying rock or high-speed ball. You’ll know this type by the tell-tale center point of impact with lines that extend around the circumference.
- Stress cracks, which start smaller near the edge of the window and slowly spread across the glass. These are caused by extreme temperature fluctuations and can also be caused when doors or windows are slammed repeatedly.
- Pressure cracks: These are less common but usually involve insulated glass or double-paned windows, caused by extreme temperature changes or when windows have been installed at the incorrect elevation level. This calls for a full window replacement.
Take a look outside. If you have trees with branches that are overhanging and hitting your windows, trim them back. You can’t run the risk of the wind blowing and pushing those branches into your windows. All it takes is one good crack and the whole window can shatter. This is a costly and unsafe scenario which is best off avoided. Debris strikes can be avoided with proper landscaping.
The other benefit of trimming branches is to deter critters like squirrels from gaining easy entry onto your roof and inside the attic.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If you need assistance with any of the above problems, contact us at 508-832-5202.