Replacing The Windows In Your Home With New Energy-Efficient Glass
Older homes often have windows that allow air to pass through the frames and glass that does not offer much thermal barrier. Residential window replacement is often the best solution to resolve leaky windows and reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool your home.
One of the first things you should do if you suspect that you are losing heat or air conditioning around the windows in your home is to have a full inspection of all the windows in the home. A residential window replacement service can send an inspector out to look over the existing windows in your house and check them for leaks or damage.
The inspection will include tests to indicate if any air is moving around the frames, and a full inspection of the frames, sashes, and glass. Once the inspector has checked all the windows, they will go over the findings with you and recommend solutions for you. In most cases, the recommendation will include replacing the old windows with modern units that will seal tightly and have several layers of glass that will increase their efficiency.
Ordering Replacement Windows
When you are ready to order the replacement windows for your home, you may want to have a residential window replacement service come and measure all the windows in the house for you. The measurements need to be very accurate to ensure the new windows will fit in the openings that already exist in the building.
If you want to change the size of the windows, or add something extra like a picture window in one room, let the window service know so they can help you determine the correct size window for the spot. Sometimes it is less expensive to order a larger window from windows already in production, especially if you are adding a new window and will be framing the new window opening into the wall.
Installing Your New Windows
Once the windows are ready, the manufacturer will ship them to you, and the residential window replacement contractor will come and install them in the home for you. The installation process doesn't take very long, especially if the windows were ordered to fit the existing openings.
The old windows are removed, then the contractor will check the openings to ensure the wood is in good condition structurally, and the new windows are installed. The entire process can often be completed in a few days if the contractor has a large crew.
Once the new windows are in place, you will begin to notice lower heating and cooling costs over time. The change may not be apparent on the first energy bill after the installation is complete, but properly installed, energy-efficient windows will have a significant impact on your energy usage in the long run.