Contrary to what the older generations before you thought, going outside without your coat on when it is cold and having drafty windows in your home does not make you sick. Neither is good, but they still won’t make you sick.
You should however, still replace those drafty windows for other important reasons.
Drafty Windows Can Lead to Water Damage
If you have drafty windows, that means there is an opening somewhere that is letting cold air in from the outside. Any opening that is allowing cold air in is also allowing water in your home.
The water can be in the form of rain or snow, and if it is cold enough any water that makes its way into these openings can also turn to ice. When ice forms in these openings it makes the water expand, which leads to an even bigger opening once the ice thaws out.
Even if the water doesn’t freeze, any water that makes its way into the house can lead to damaged siding, damaged window frames, wet drywall, ruined paint, mold issues, and damage to the frame of your home.
Drafty Windows Are Loud
A solid piece of material always makes a better sound barrier than one that has holes in it. The same can be said for your windows.
A drafty window is going to let more noise in your home than a window that is sealed. This may not be a problem if you live out in the country, way from any traffic and other people. But, if you live in a neighborhood, close to railroad tracks, or close to traffic, your home is not going to be as quiet as it could be.
You may not think that this is going to make a difference to you, but when your neighbor starts his diesel engine truck at 4 am in the morning on his way to work, you are going to notice.
Drafty Windows Increase Utility Bills
Drafty windows do a great job of keeping your home colder than you would like it to be in the winter, which means that you will have to run your heater for longer and more often just to keep your home comfortable. The more your heater has to work, the higher your utility bill will be each month.
So not only do drafty windows make you uncomfortable, they can also cost you money from an increased chance of water damage and higher utility bills.
Instead of living with drafty windows and the problems they cause, contact us today to see how easy it is to replace them with new windows.