Do Leaky Windows Affect Your Heating System?
Leaky windows are one of the biggest culprits behind heat loss in a home. They cause more expensive energy bills because your heating system has to operate more to maintain your ideal temperature. You could reduce your energy bills by fixing your leaky windows.
Heat Loss Through Windows
Leaky windows can account for up to 30% of your heating bill. Two-thirds of the heat loss through windows occurs when your home’s heat comes into contact with the glass. This is why having quality windows is important. Single-paned windows are especially leaky. Double-paned windows are more efficient than single-paned windows, but as they age, they gradually lose efficiency. If you have old double-paned windows, you may want to replace them to save on your home’s energy consumption. The remaining one-third of energy loss through windows comes from leaks in the seals and frames.
Benefits of Quality Windows
Once you have quality windows installed, your heating system can operate at its peak efficiency. It won’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm. The lifespan of your unit may also be extended because it will go through slower wear and tear.
How to Find Air Leaks
You can find air leaks by inspecting the windows, doors, baseboards, plumbing vents, furnace flues, furnace ducts, wiring holes, and attic hatches of your home. Look for cracks, gaps, and holes. You can also place your hand in front of the area to feel for a draft. Use caulk to seal cracks and holes that are less than 0.25 inches wide. For holes that are 0.25 inches wide and larger, you should use spray foam.
J's HVAC Unlimited is a Lennox Dealer and Trane Comfort Specialist in Mount Airy, North Carolina. We can repair, tune-up, and install heating and cooling systems. Our company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. NATE-certified technicians are part of our team to help us deliver top-notch repair, installations, and tune-ups. We provide a 100% guarantee on our services to give you more certainty in choosing us. J's HVAC Unlimited has been serving Mount Airy since 2005. In addition to heating and cooling services, we offer home backup generators. Contact J's HVAC Unlimited to schedule a tune-up of your heating system in Mount Airy or discuss any of our other services.