Whether you receive a call on your phone from a contractor in Cleveland Heights 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 Cleveland Heights 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.
Why Put New Windows in Older Homes?Cleveland Heights ?
Indoor CondensationThe installation of your new replacement windows has made your home more air-tight and energy efficient. Over the years, you will save considerable energy dollars and enjoy a more comfortable living environment as a result of your investment.Now that your house is more air-tight, moisture created by everyday activities (cooking, bathing, laundry, etc.) is no longer escaping through the drafty holes and cracks of your old windows. This moisture, now trapped in your home, looks for a place to rest/collect. Most often this moisture or "condensation" collects on your windows. It is important to understand that windows do not cause condensation, they simply reflect a condition in the home. Condensation is an indication of too much moisture in the air which manifests itself on the glass surface in three ways; (1) fogging, (2) droplets, (3) ice.5. Do not hang full loads of wet laundry inside your home to dry during the heating season.6. Vent clothes dryer to the outdoors.7. Open fireplace damper.8. Open a window and air out your house for a few minutes each day.9. If troublesome condensation persists, see your heating contractor about an outside air intake for your furnace.NOTE: Condensation on glass is a natural result of excess moisture in the house and does not indicate a defective product or faulty installation. Maintaining proper household humidity levels may prevent problems such as mold, mildew and related health issues. If you become aware of persistent condensation on your windows, you should take immediate remedial action to prevent water, mold and/or mildew damage to your property and to avoid potential health risks.
Replacement Windows: No Big Secrets, Some Negative Aspects? (Part 1)
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