Autumn in Denver can have fluctuating weather and temperatures. From feeling like summertime to experiencing the season’s first snowstorm, it’s hard to predict the weather from one week to the next in the fall.
When it comes to preparing for autumn (and even winter), it’s important to take a look at your windows. Winters can be long and frigid in Denver, and tackling outdated windows in the fall can help save you a lot of money on your utility bills.
Here are some of the top tips for DIY window inspection, and to help you determine if you need to replace your windows this season:
Checking for Drafts
Drafts are one of the telltale signs that your windows aren’t quite ready for autumn. Drafts in your windows indicate that energy is escaping from your home. Luckily, checking for drafts can be pretty easy when you have the right tools.
The first approach to checking your windows for drafts is by taking your hand and feeling around the frames, sash, and sill. If it’s a windy day, you’ll easily be able to feel drafts with your hand if there is a large gap. If you catch cool air coming from the outside, it’s time to contact your local replacement window company for an upgrade.
Another way to check your windows for drafts is to use an incense stick and place it near the window sash and sill. If there is movement in the smoke, it’s an indication that small drafts are making their way into your home.
Take a Look at Your Energy Bills
Are your energy bills on the rise? If so, this is another big sign that your windows aren’t ready for autumn. Take a look at your utility bills over the last year or two and see if there is a trend. If you notice your utility bills are continuously increasing, take this as a sign that it’s time to replace your windows.
If you think that you aren’t losing much energy with outdated windows, think again. According to the National Fenestration Rating Council, the average American pays $1500-$2000 per year on utility bills. Furthermore, outdated windows collectively cost consumers $35 billion per year.
How Can You Block Drafts Until You Can Replace Your Windows?
Aside from replacing your windows, there are other approaches homeowners can take until they are ready to move forward with replacement:
- Replace weather stripping and caulking to reduce drafts
- Install blinds and curtains to help block drafts during the coldest days
- Fill tube socks with insulation and place them on the sill of the window. This is a short term solution to help block unwanted drafts.
If replacing your windows is on your autumn to-do list, get in touch with Universal Windows Direct for your free estimate.