Keeping the glass in your house in good condition is an important part of home ownership. The windows and glass will not only let in the light, but they help to insulate the house and keep the air in and the outdoor air out. Thus, it is important to notice early on if the glass in your house is compromised and if you need to repair or replace it. Here are some things you should know.
1. The Glass On The Inside Of The House Should Reflect The Indoor Temperature
When you touch the windows inside your house they should feel like the temperature inside the house rather than the outdoor temperature. For example, if in the winter your windows feel incredibly cold, even though the heat is on in the house, it could be a problem. This means that the windows are no longer insulating the house so that the air is actually passing through the windows, so that the windows aren't hold the heat in.
If you have this problem, you should ideally replace the windows. If this is too expensive for you currently, you can also take plastic wrap and put it around the window to help seal it in. This will be a good temporary solution.
2. The House Has Shifted
Another reason to replace the windows is if you know that the house has settled or the foundation has shifted. The concern is that when the house was built the windows were measured and installed in the house based on the dimensions of the cut out. However, if the house settles, it can essentially pop the window out of it's place so that it is no longer sealing the air. If you suspect that your house has shifted, or if you can hear air passing through the window when you walk by, it could mean that you need to have the windows reset or replaced.
3. There Is Debris Between Double-Pane Windows
Lastly, if you notice there is debris, bugs, dirt or any other thing between the double-pane window it means that air is also passing through the panes. In some cases when you wash the window you will notice that the dirt is inside the window. This means that it is not sealed and that you have to replace it. Even though it will cost money up front, it will save you money in the long run based on your utilities.
By understanding these things you can know what to look for in your windows and glass. Talk with a company like Aladdin's Glass & Screen Products Inc for more recommendations.