When to Replace Your Window January 14, 2014 If you’re thinking it’s time to replace your windows, but you’re not sure if it’s necessary or worth the cost, consider the following questions: 1. Do you feel cold drafts coming through your windows? 2. Do you notice frost or condensation building up on your windows? 3. Is your heating bill consistently more than you think it should be? 4. Are any of your window frames cracked or in need of repair? 5. Can you see gaps between your windows’ frames and the house? 6. Are your windows difficult to open and close? 7. Are you thinking of selling your home? 8. Are you trying to “go green” with energy efficient home fixtures? 9. Do you want to improve the look and feel of your home? If you answered yes to any of these nine questions, it’s time to start thinking about replacing your windows. The benefits to replacing your windows are numerous and worth the upfront cost. Your new energy efficient windows will actually start putting money back in your pocket each month with the energy you’ll be saving. Your home will feel more comfortable without those cold drafts and you won’t need to crank the air conditioning as high during the summer because the heat won’t be seeping in from outside. New windows look fantastic, which is another noticeable benefit. You can completely change the look and style of your home by updating old windows. It has often been said that windows are the eyes of the home, allowing the occupants an opportunity to observe what is happening outside. Many people have questions about the R and U values of windows. It represents the resistance a material has to heat flow; the higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. Insulated glass provides a pocket of air, which increases its R-Value. The U-Value is an insulation rating for glass. It is measured by the amount of heat that escapes a surface, like a window. The lower the U-Value, the better the insulation. At Platinum Home Renovations we sell and install EnerView windows. These windows have been built for Canadian weather. Windows with EnerView glass coatings are ENERGY STAR® qualified for our geographic region. Our EnerView Glass module is comprised of one or more glazing coatings that are sealed around the outside edge to better insulate your home from extreme weather, minimize condensation, reduce noise levels, and help you save on energy costs.