A house’s windows are so important, in terms of safety, curb appeal, and efficient energy usage. If they’re not performing up to par, it may be time to replace your windows.
Replacing your windows properly and with quality materials may be well worth it, as heating and cooling efficiency will be improved and you will be saving yourself and your family from numerous headaches.
Here are six reasons to replace your home’s windows with Zephyr Thomas’ beautiful, long-lasting vinyl Signature Series windows.
1. Cracked Windows Pose a Safety Threat
If your windows are cracked, it is possible that daily temperature ups and downs will cause the glass to expand and contract — and if you let this problem go, they will break altogether.
In addition, a crack can be a source of air leaks, which, by causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder, will, in turn, spring a leak in your bank account.
If you have a cracked window, don’t hesitate to get it replaced.
2. Old Windows May Have Harmful Materials
You can’t really control conditions outside, but you want to keep your family safe. If you have older windows, you may unknowingly be subjecting yourself and your family to hazardous materials like lead.
Before people knew the dangers of lead, lead-based paint was commonly applied in homes. Now we know that exposure to lead can cause problems in the brain and central nervous system: it is especially dangerous to children.
Though most people know lead is poisonous, not enough attention is paid to the problem of lead in the environment. According to the World Health Organization, lead exposure is the cause of roughly 600,000 children developing intellectual disabilities each year worldwide.
So, how old must your windows be for lead to be a concern? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if your home was built before 1978, there’s a good chance lead paint was used. Lead paint can disintegrate, creating lead-contaminated dust, which is dangerous to humans and animals.
If your windows are old, replacing them with new vinyl ones can serve several purposes at once: you’ll get rid of toxic materials, increase the energy efficiency of your home, and beautify your home’s facade. It’s a win-win-win.
3. Old Windows May let in Water or Moisture
This is a big one because often where there’s moisture in a home, there’s mold. There are many different kinds of mold, but you want none of them in your house. One thing that makes mold a particularly pernicious problem is that its spores can be present in the air inside your home — part of the dust, that you might breathe.
Mold exposure can result in irritation, allergies, or even poisoning in anyone. Mold is especially a concern if anyone in your house has allergies, asthma, or a compromised immune system. Infants and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Symptoms of mold exposure include nasal and sinus congestion, respiratory problems, cough, throat irritation, and sneezing. It can also heighten the effects of chronic illnesses like asthma.
Mold is dangerous because many people who have it in their homes may be suffering as a result and don’t even know why. It often grows in the walls of homes, unnoticed, and can even do structural damage to a house if left to thrive.
4. Vinyl Replacement Windows Pay for Themselves
When it comes to vinyl replacement windows, the product is inexpensive and it will last a long time. Our technicians will install the windows for you and for many years to come, you can sit back and enjoy your new windows which are designed for style, ease of operation and durability and are virtually maintenance-free. In fact, when you replace your windows, you’re completing one of the home improvement projects with the highest ROI.
5. New Windows Can Reduce Your Energy Costs
When you replace your windows, you might be eligible for rebates that reduce your energy costs. Plus, better-insulated windows that don’t let air in and out will save you money in heating and cooling costs.
Zephyr Thomas Signature Series vinyl replacement windows are equipped with the latest technological solutions to protect your home from the intrusions of heat, cold, and wetness. Thermal insulation in your new windows will allow you to stop worrying about those drafts draining your wallet.
6. They’ll be Easier on the Environment
You turn off the lights when you leave a room; maybe you unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Installing better windows can also be an energy-saving measure.
Anytime you save energy, you’re saving resources that were costly and perhaps harmful to produce. New, better-insulated windows will allow you to conserve these resources, reducing your carbon footprint.
For your family’s health and the health of your home, it’s a good idea to replace your windows. If your windows are old, or if you can tell your windows are letting in drafts or moisture, or not functioning properly in another way, consider replacing them. For more information on our hassle-free vinyl replacement windows, call 717-399-4708 or stop by the Zephyr Thomas office to talk to one our team members!