Every year, countless Henderson homeowners are met with the sting of mounting winter energy bills. While there’s a lot to look forward to during the holiday season, a rising energy bill is certainly not one of them. The good news is…it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a number of measures you can take to make sure your home is energy efficient this winter. At Master Craftsmen Inc., we suggest starting with your windows. After all, according to the American Energy Association (AEA), nearly 60% of the energy American homes waste escapes through windows and doors. We bet 60% would make a good dent in your energy bill this winter! To help, we have put together a list of steps to take to ensure that your windows are ready for the cold weather.
Think About Past Winters
Experience is a great teacher and there’s no better way to know what to expect from your windows then to consider how well they’ve delivered in the past. Stop and ask yourself if you typically find it difficult to keep your home warm around this time of year, despite heating efforts. If so, there is likely a draft present in your windows already that needs to be tended to.
Check How it Feels to Open and Close Your Windows
A little resistance from your windows is perfectly normal. In fact, some manufacturers make sure there’s a slight resistance when opening and closing windows as an added safety measure. However, when opening and closing windows takes serious muscle power, there may be a bigger problem. That’s because windows that can’t open all the way typically can’t close all the way either, allowing your heating efforts to escape from your home.
Check Your Window Pane for Perspiration
Think a few drops of moisture on your windowpane aren’t a big deal? You may be looking directly at a major problem. That’s because moisture trapped between panes of glass is typically a sign that your window frame has absorbed excess moisture. This is a big deal since that excess moisture can cause rotting, warping, and distortion, all of which lead to drafts and gaps. This also means you’re likely to run into this problem every year and you can expect to regularly be shelling out extra cash for repairs.
If you’ve noticed one or more of the signs above, you’ll definitely need to do some work on your windows if you don’t want a through-the-roof energy bill every month this winter. While there are measures you can take to fix problems, many of the solutions are known to be temporary and expensive. That’s why at Master Craftsmen Inc., we suggest picking up new windows that will properly insulate your home no matter what time of year it is. To check out our selection of energy efficient windows or to speak with one of our experts, just call (702) 330-7907 or stop by our showroom floor located at 7850 Dean Martin Dr, Ste 502, Las Vegas, NV 89139.
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