Unfortunately, at this time of year, it can be challenging to keep your home warm, as ice and cold winds sweep across the UK. During this period the weather may make you realise that you need new windows.
How Do You Know If You Need New Windows?
The main suspects for your home being cold is your windows and doors, if these are either not fitted correctly or are damaged or worn out from years of use then they can let in large amounts of cold air into your home through drafts in the winter. Although both windows and doors can be the culprit, doors do not produce as much draft as windows, so it’s crucial that your windows are not only insulated with double glazing Milton Keynes but that they’re also in a safe working order before they begin to affect your energy bills. So if you are not sure whether or not your windows need replacing – then not to worry! Because we’ve devised a list of signs that can indicate that you should purchase new windows. So if you want to know more, then keep reading!
1. Your Windows Do Not Lock Anymore
Not only is your windows broken lock mechanism a safety breach but it could also be costing you money. It’s essential that the windows of your home are locked as it is easy for a burglar or intruder to gain access to your home undetected by creeping in through the windows – both during the day and at night. Not to mention the fact that by your windows not locking you could be wasting money on heating bills, the locking mechanisms in your windows have a built-in device that when locked works with your windows the keep cold air out. By your windows not having the ability to lock then your windows cannot use this feature and are letting in unwanted draft. A way to test this is a candle, light a candle and slowly move it around the edges of your window. If the flame flickers or if the smoke produced by your candle is blown in the opposite direction then there is draft being let into your home through your windows.
2. You Can Tell When It’s Cold Outside – Without Looking Outside
Have you ever woken up in the morning and been cold as soon as you step out of bed? Of course, this can be because you have just woken up and left your warm bed, but if your entire room feels chilly, then something could be wrong. If your windows are not efficient then you will be able to feel it, you may have the heating on, but in freezing weather, it can overpower your heating systems and cool down your entire room, which wastes a lot of money on your energy bills.
3. Your Are Insulating Your Own Windows Every Year
There is nothing wrong with giving your windows extra insulation with window insulation film or rubber weather sealant. But when you have to do it every year it is not only time consuming, but it costs extra money, and it doesn’t work as well as double glazing. Hair drying window insulation film is a long, irritating process that can leave bubbles on your windows and make it appear clouded. You can use these insulations methods on newly fitted windows for extra insulation, they are effective in some form but to save money in the long run, it’s a better option to have new windows installed to your home.
4. Abnormally High Energy Bills
If you’re someone who reads through all water, electricity and gas bills, then this is one of the easiest ways to spot that something is wrong with your home. When your windows are not insulating your home correctly, dependant on the severity and age of your windows then it can make a massive difference to your energy bills. Even if it’s only a small amount extra, if you add that together month after month it is going to cost you a lot of money – even more than paying for new windows.
5. Foggy And Cold To Touch Windows
Do you wake up every morning with foggy windows that feel freezing to touch? This is also a sign that something could be wrong, misted cold windows are a good indication that your windows are not doing their job correctly, it shows that your windows are not being an adequate barrier from the cold outside. As the cold is condensing on your windows steaming them up as it combines with the warmer air from your home.
6. Your Windows Won’t Stay Open Or Closed Without Assistance
Although this problem doesn’t necessarily affect the temperature of your home unless the insulating mechanism in your window is the part damaged, but quite often in homes and public buildings items are typically used to wedge open or hold windows shut. This can be anything from folded up cardboard, to wooden blocks, books and even nailing windows shut – which can be a fire safety hazard. You should not have to live with a window nailed shut simply because it will not open correctly, you may want to open your window on a hot day but can’t. Or if your window will not shut then what will you do when you go out? Open windows situated at the bottom of a home – or even at the top can be a prime target for burglars and intruders who are constantly on the lookout for these sorts of opportunities. So make sure that you have working windows!
Keep Your Home Warm!
Waking up to a freezing cold home is one of the worst things to have to deal with in your home, it’s worse in conservatories Towcester because the windows are more prominent and surround the entire room. So you should double check that those windows are in working order and that they’re looked after properly – because correctly maintained windows could last up to 20 years! We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then why not share on social media?