Your windows are not just for display. With proper insulation, they allow your home to retain precious energy and help keep your energy bills low. It thus pays to take good care of them, especially during the cold season. In this post, windows expert Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares tips for taking care of insulated windows.
Why the Extra Care?
The space between the panes in energy-efficient windows is filled with gas, usually argon, which helps limit heat transfer. The weather seal, on the other hand, keeps the gas inside. If it’s damaged, the gas can leak out and moisture can enter the space between the glass panes, fogging up your windows and reducing its overall energy-efficiency.
Taking Care of Insulated Windows
Here are some maintenance tips:
Open and shut your replacement windows gently – Don’t bang them, as the impact might damage the sealing.
Wash your windows by hand – Do not use a pressure washer. The force of high-pressure water can puncture the sealing and break window glass.
Lubricate the opening mechanism – You won’t need to forcefully shut your window if the opening mechanisms are working properly.
What If the Sealing Gets Damaged?
We recommend installing replacement windows since repairs aren’t cost-effective—they can only plug the leaks, not refill the space with glass. You can also replace the windows insulated gas unit (IGU). However, a new IGU costs just as much as a new window.
If you need a window replacement, look for the ENERGY STAR® label and check the window’s ratings. You should also make sure to hire a qualified contractor, as installation errors can leave behind gaps through which heat can leak out of your home.
Trust Renewal by Andersen of Denver for all kinds of quality windows, including casement and double-hung windows. Give us a call at (303) 968-3287 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Denver and Colorado Springs.