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3 Tips on How to Spot a Faulty Window

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Your windows do many more things for your home than you may realize. They help to prevent the draft from coming into your home by adding airtight seals while allowing the beautiful natural light in. For this reason, you need to be proactive about taking care of any window-related issues when they arise. With that said, here are three ways to spot a faulty window:

  1. You Can Feel, See, and Hear the Air
    The first thing you need to look for when you’re trying to spot a drafty window is the air that you can feel. Try turning off the TV, radio, and other sources of noise, then walk around your house to see if there are any rattling sounds that you can hear. Another great way to see if there’s any air that’s coming through the window is by looking at the drapes and curtains. If you can see movements that aren’t caused by the fan or AC, it may be a cause for concern.
  2. You Find it Difficult to Open and Close the Windows
    If you find an opening and closing a window to be incredibly difficult, it may be a sign that the window is warped or bloated. This typically happens to wooden window frames, as wood is highly susceptible to heat and water. These things often alter their shape and size over a long period of time. When windows warp, it may break the air seal, allowing a draft to come through.
  3. Your Windows Get Fogged Up During the Summer and Winter
    Condensation isn’t always caused by faulty windows, as there are hundreds of reasons how moisture condensation on glass surfaces can occur. It’s normal to see your windows fog up when you cook, do laundry, or take a hot shower. However, when none of these things is happening and you see your windows fogging up, it may be a sign that your window isn’t in the best condition. When warm air comes into contact with cold temperature, condensation will start to occur. During the summer or winter, the difference in temperature between the interior and exterior of your home is much more drastic, so if you see a window fogging up during these months, it’s time you have it fixed.

Additional Things You Should Know About Windows

The Type of Glass You Choose Affects the Energy Efficiency Level of Your Home
There are many different types of glass in the market and not all of them are fit to be made into windows. Some glass is more durable and less conducive to heat than others — these are the perfect type of glass to be used for windows. The windows have to take on a lot of pressure from direct impact, temperature changes, and air pressure, so you need to make sure that you choose the right type of glass for the job. For example, if you choose glass that contracts and expands excessively, it may affect the airtight seal, which will allow the hotter or colder air from the outside to come into your home. As a result, your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep the temperatures in the room regulated, which means that your energy bills are likely to go up.

Choose Noise Cancelling Windows
Windows can help to prevent excessive noise, which is a crucial feature that you should consider, especially for your bedroom windows. We need a good night’s sleep to ensure that we have the energy to take on the challenges of the next day. The last thing that you want to hear during the night is some loud group of teenagers throwing a house party next door. By installing noise-cancelling windows, you will help prevent these issues from happening in the first place. Consider this option if you’re finding it hard to sleep, as the outside noise may be what’s keeping you up at night.

Work with a Professional
The most important thing you need to think about when choosing a window is the expertise of the person installing it. There is more to window installation and material than you would think and it may not be worth your time to learn all about it. Having a professional window service provider on your side will help to cut out all the noise and separate the fact from myth. This way, you can be sure that the window options you choose will be the best one for your preferences and specifications.

Custom Contracting is a family-owned company that provides custom window installation services in and around Burlington and Hamilton Ontario – get in touch today to see how we can help!

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