Whether you receive a call on your phone from a contractor in Columbus one afternoon or you have long considered such a project, many homeowners have been pondering installing new home windows. There are many different reasons to consider putting new windows in your home, and there are many different benefits as well. Before you make a decision you should take a look at the top reasons why other homeowners install new windows. It should help clear up the picture for you and put you in the right direction.
1. Energy Efficiency – The first and foremost reason that most people living in Columbus consider upgrading with new windows for their home is the energy efficiency that they will enjoy. New home windows are going to be double or potentially triple pane. This means you have additional layers of insulation working to keep your air in and the environment’s air out. New windows will also feature improved sealing and a variety of other mechanisms in place to ensure that your house stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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When it comes to upgrading your home to make it more energy efficient, more valuable or more marketable replacement windows and doors give you the most bang for your buck. New dual glazed energy efficient vinyl windows and a beautiful front entry door system will make your home stand out from the competition if you plan to sell. If you are in it for the long haul then reap the benefits of greater noise reduction and lower heating and cooling bills. With all the rebates and sales incentives available now is the time to invest in your home.
It has been said that "one thing you can never repeat is first impressions" and it is my opinion that curb appeal is the main reason that most homes shown by realtors sell. The kitchen and the other rooms and all the amenities that comprise a home simply validate the first positive impression one gets when pulling up front to view the home. As a fireplace subconsciously draws a person into the room so does the front door draw a person into the house. Beautiful windows are icing on the cake.
If the existing exterior wall had no previous leaking problems then a retrofit window is the most economical way to go. The old glass and sash are removed and a new vinyl window and frame is installed inside the old frame. This window is caulked and trimmed out nicely with no evidence of the old frame visible. There is no inside or outside repair work necessary except maybe some blinds altered or replaced. Therefore the cost is kept down. The low price plus the energy efficiency and the beauty of these new windows and doors have moved not just the residents in the harsh environment to purchase these products but this has become a trend throughout the west in all types of neighborhoods.
Replacement Windows Are A Smart Home Improvement
It's true that replacement windows save money in energy costs. It's true that the proper replacement windows, installed properly can add value to your home. It's true that the cost to replace windows today is by comparison, cheaper then it has ever been. These are all truths about window replacement that have a provable factual basis. What is also true is that 70% of homes 10 years old or more can benefit from the installation of replacement windows. Of course, the older the home the greater the benefit will likely be, words of wisdom that you've probably heard before as well.Over time window sealing effectiveness deteriorates and energy is lost through the leaks around windows. Of course that information isn't new either. So to save energy or add value, home owners often replace windows and doors without considering some of the negative aspects of having a tightly sealed home.Actually negative might be the wrong word to use. I hesitate at using the word negative, because it might sound as if I were advocating against replacement windows, which is not the case at all. Rather I think it is important to be aware of changes that replacing windows might bring about in the home. Two things come to mind that may need to be addressed along with windows and door replacement. These things can cause some potentially serious problems.The first that comes to mind is the changes in indoor air pressure. If you have electric heat or a newer (within the last 5 years or so) thermo efficient gas or propane heating system, air pressure may not be a concern. Still you may want to think about the information presented and apply it to investigating your own home situation.Why would we be concerned about air pressure in the home? Many homes over the last ten to twenty years, in many parts of the country have opted for such things as under floor and baseboard hot water heating, systems that utilize a boiler to heat water and circulate it throughout the home for heating purposes. When these systems were originally being installed, little thought was given to where the oxygen would be coming from that would complete the combustion process that the boilers need to heat the water.The reason that these cold spots develop in a negative air pressure situation, after windows and doors are replace is because your heating system that in the past had multiple places to draw air from, now only has a very few, and to maintain the combustion process, it must draw a greater volume of air from the few remaining sources making them more noticeable.So we fix one problem and end up with another. But the solution is rather simple. Just replace the heating system. Simple right? Ok, so that isn't funny, but there is a lesson to be learned, which new heating systems have taken into account.New heating systems generally take into account that homes are more tightly sealed then ever before, and in knowing this they have provided the heating system with its own outside air source. Usually a two or three inch PVC pipe through an outside wall, one that is as close as possible to the unit's location. In doing so, the need to draw air through the rest of the house is effectively eliminated, while supplying all the oxygen needed for healthy and energy efficient combustion at the heating unit.The reason that the outside air source needs to be as close as possible has to do with the path of least resistance law of flow. Air just like water will take the path of least resistance when flowing. If the provided outside air source is too far away, and the system can draw oxygen from a closer source easier, it will do so.In part two of this article I will discus another major concern that may need to be dealt with when replacing the windows in your home