Airtight windows prevent indoor air from escaping your home and unwanted outdoor air from entering your living spaces. As long as the seals around the glass panes are still intact, you can enjoy consistent comfort during the heating and cooling seasons. Over time, however, these integral components break down, causing your windows to lose their effectiveness and efficiency.
Allstar Construction of Fargo, one of the top local window and door companies in the area, shares the signs indicating window seal failure.
Fogging on Glass
Sometimes, “foggy” windows are a result of grime sticking to the glass panes. Consider cleaning them both inside and outside. If they remain foggy, the problem is inside the glass itself. This is especially true in double-paned windows. It is an indication that it can no longer insulate as efficiently as before due to inert gas escaping from between the panes.
Deformation of the Framing Material
Extreme temperature changes can cause the window framing material to warp and bend. The issue can get so severe that it can compromise the structural integrity of the whole window assembly. In this case, you need to have your affected windows replaced immediately.
These are also an indication that the seals around your windows have lost their airtightness. Check by wetting your hand with water and running it along the edges of the panes where the seals are. If you feel air blowing through, there could be small gaps that allow outdoor air to enter your home. Get in touch with a window repair expert as soon as possible.
Increase in Energy Consumption
Unwanted outdoor air entering your home through the gaps where the broken seals are located can wreak havoc on your home’s indoor comfort levels. Check your next utility bill to see if there’s a sudden increase in costs. If that’s the case, consider investing in energy-efficient windows.
Count on the experienced team of roofers and window installers of Allstar Construction of Fargo for your exterior home improvement needs. Call (701) 478-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.