When you’re making a list and checking it twice this time of year, you’re probably not talking about your windows. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we don’t often think about the projects that need to be done around the house, but the frosted window panes that look quaint and seasonal now are a sign your windows have been naughty all year long. How do you tell if your windows been naughty or nice this year?
There hasn’t been a “Silent Night” in your home in a long time.
If you live near a busy street, airport, or emergency service building you may have noticed how your home always feels a bit noisy. This problem is common with older, single pane windows because there is only a thin layer of glass between the noise outside and the inside of your home. By switching to insulated double pane windows you’ll notice how much quieter it can be.
It looks like a “White Christmas” between the panes of your windows.
Seal failures are one of the most common window issues we hear about. When the seal is broken the gas that is supposed to insulate the window escapes and greatly reduces the energy efficiency. If you start to see fog, ice, or haze appear between the panes of glass in your window, call the manufacturer right away. Depending on the window manufacturer, this may be covered under warranty.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and inside too!
On the coldest of winter days, you can expect to feel a little difference in temperature even near the most energy efficient windows, but if you can feel a breeze or see your curtains move you’ve got a problem! Your first line of defense to find where the air is coming through and use insulation or weather stripping to plug the holes. Special insulating plastic film can be purchased to cover the whole window if larger measures are needed and replacement windows should be considered.
There’s a “Little Saint Nick” in the window from a rock the snow blower shot.
While it seems strange that this is “nice” it’s worth noting that a nick or ding in the glass isn’t too worrisome. If a projectile breaks through all panes of glass, you’ll need to look at a more immediate solution, but if only one has been punctured it is okay to wait this one out. If your window is in otherwise good condition look into a glass replacement (which can be done by any local glass replacement specialist) or a sash replacement (which you’ll need to contact the window manufacturer about), but if you’re having other issues it may be wise to replace.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” all over the windows in your bathroom and kitchen.
For as much trouble as condensation causes, there are times when it’s virtually impossible to avoid. If you’re seeing condensation in the windows throughout your home, this could be indicative of a window issue, but if it’s only happening in the kitchen and bathroom this could actually be a sign of tight, efficient windows. These rooms tend to have the most water in the air from cooking, bathing, etc. therefore are the most likely places to find condensation. Try using an exhaust fan to get rid of the warm, moist air.