As the weather begins to get colder, homeowners are looking for ways to better their energy and heat efficiency. One of the easiest ways to cut back on your utility bills is to repair or replace your existing windows. By taking steps to inspect your windows carefully, you will be able to stay warm this winter as well as reduce your energy bills.

There are a number of issues that windows can begin to develop over time; gaps, rot in frames, deterioration of caulk, cracked glass and even windows that don’t fully close tightly. To discover and prevent air leaks we suggest a thorough inspection of all windows.

Give the window a shake. If you hear a rattling then the frames may not be completely secure, letting out the heat and letting in the cold air and moisture.

Look closely at the window pane. Inspect the window for small cracks in the glass or around the frame. They may be hard to see so try a flash light to get into the hard-to-see places.

Check the locks and latches. Make sure the windows move smoothly up and down the frame, as well as lock securely and tightly. Lock the windows and take a moment to feel for any air that might be coming though tiny cracks.

Almost half of the homes in the US still have single pane windows. Modern double-pane windows on the market are made with high performance glass. Most double-pane windows contain a low emissivity, a coating applied to one side of the glass pane which keeps radiant heat on the side of the glass where it originated, while letting visible light pass. This results is a more efficient window because radiant heat originating from indoors in winter is reflected back inside (while having the opposite effect during the summer months). Another modern window feature is argon gas sealed between the two panes of glass in the window. Argon is a non-toxic, inexpensive, odorless gas that is used in windows to act as an insulator between the two panes. Updating your windows to toda’s double pane windows could immediately start to show on your upcoming energy bills, especially in older homes.

NOVA Exteriors can help improve the cost of energy bills by offering durable and high quality windows that require minimal maintenance and are easy to clean. Our team of window replacement experts will assist in every step of the process. NOVA Exteriors offers free in-home consultations to help you decide if replacing your windows for winter is the right choice.

For more information on our replacement windows in the Northern VA area, request a free consultation here, or call us at 703.651.2002.