Drafty windows are more than just a minor inconvenience. Ignoring them can lead to a gamut of issues, ranging from increased energy bills to significant damage to your property and even health concerns for inhabitants. We cannot overemphasize the practicality of addressing drafty windows promptly, and here’s why.
Energy Efficiency and Utility Costs
One of the immediate effects of drafty windows you’ll notice is a spike in your energy bills. When air infiltrates through the gaps, your heating and cooling system kicks into overdrive to maintain your desired temperature. Ensuring your windows are sealed correctly is vital for energy conservation and financial savings. Failing to address this can lead to unnecessary expenses and put a strain on your HVAC system, reducing its lifespan.
Window Leaks and Water Damage
Windows plays a critical role in sheltering interiors from external elements. If your windows are drafty, they may also be susceptible to water ingress. Moisture intrusion can lead to rot in your window sills, and damaged flooring, and foster an environment where mold can thrive—all leading to extensive and expensive home repairs. Maintaining window integrity is central to preserving the overall home envelope.
Indoor Air Quality and Health
Beyond comfort and cosmetic damage, the health impact of ignoring drafty windows is considerable. Poor indoor air quality due to contaminants and allergens infiltrating your home can pose health risks. Mold growth, resulting from moisture accumulation, can lead to respiratory issues and aggravate allergies and asthma. Addressing drafty windows isn’t just a matter of structural integrity; it’s also about the well-being of the occupants.
Home Value and Aesthetic Appeal
Drafty windows can affect the value and aesthetics of your home. Prospective home buyers including those eyeing homes with typically resilient asphalt shingle roofs are likely to inspect not just the roofing but the condition of the windows too. Efficient, well-sealed windows are a selling point, highlighting the home’s upkeep and energy efficiency, hence potentially increasing its market value.
Drafty windows are a multi-faceted problem that must be addressed promptly and proactively. By doing so, you safeguard your home’s structural integrity, reduce energy expenditure, preserve indoor air quality, and maintain your property’s value.
When it comes to dealing with drafty windows, a long-term solution would be to replace them with newer, more energy-efficient units. This is especially true if the drafty windows are nearing or are already nearing the end of their lifespan. For that, you can count on Howard Roofing & Home Improvements. To learn more about our window replacement services, give us a call at (636) 296-1057, or complete our online form to request a quote. We work with clients in Belleville, IL, and nearby communities.