Drafty windows make it difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and they force your heating system to work overtime to keep your family warm. If you live in the Delaware Valley, PJ Fitzpatrick can repair or replace your windows so you can stay toasty all winter long while enjoying reduced heating costs.
What Causes Drafty Windows?
Some causes of drafty windows require a full replacement, while minor issues can be repaired, leaving the existing windows intact. The experts at PJ Fitzpatrick will work with you to help you make the right choice for your home. But first, let’s discuss some of the potential causes for drafty windows.
Mold on Window Seals
Left untreated, certain types of mold can eat away at the rubber weatherstripping around your windows. While mildew can be prevented and cleaned off with a vinegar solution, seals that have been destroyed by mold need to be replaced by a professional.
Drastic Temperature Changes Outside
Low-quality window frames can expand and contract when outdoor temperatures change rapidly. When your window frames contract, cold air seeps into your home and cause a chill near the windows, lowering the efficiency of your heating system and creating an uncomfortable atmosphere.
Improperly Installed Windows
The best way to prevent drafts is to have your windows professionally installed. Improper window installation can lead to weakness around the frame, allowing cold drafts to blow into your home.
Lack of Routine Maintenance
Failure to follow maintenance instructions can lead to damaged weatherstripping. The seal around your windows needs to be properly cleaned and dried to prevent it from rotting. Exposure to harsh chemicals can cause irreparable damage to window seals and cause drafts.
Normal Wear and Tear
Even the best windows will start to show signs of damage over the years. If your windows are showing signs of wear, it may be time to replace the weatherstripping or install a brand-new set of windows.
Damaged Caused by Excess Moisture
Homes in humid and rainy climates can experience window damage caused by excess moisture. Water can damage the seal around your windows, allowing cold drafts to leak into your home. Wiping away moisture from your windows can prevent this issue.
Windows over twenty years old can have structural damage that causes drafts. Warping and cracking are bound to happen over time, so aging windows should be replaced to avoid drafts and high heating costs.
PJ Fitzpatrick Can Replace Your Windows
The professional team at PJ Fitzpatrick can replace your old windows with high-quality, well-insulated, energy efficient ones. We’ll help you select the best windows to suit your wants, needs, and budget, so you can feel good about the way your home looks and feels. If your windows need to be replaced, you can trust our team to get the job done right. You don’t have to settle for drafty windows anymore! Request an estimate today to get started on your project.