The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooling off, and before you
know it, winter will be here. That means it won’t be long before
you’re firing up your furnace to stay warm and comfortable when
the temperatures outside get chilly. While Florida is known for our nearly
year-round beautiful weather, certain areas can see some cool temperatures
during these months, making running the furnace mandatory. However, many
people who prepare their homes for the winter months fail to prepare or
pay attention to one of the single largest sources of heat loss: their windows!
Why Your Windows are So Important
Every window has some sort of weatherproofing installed to try to minimize
heat loss and the outside air separated from the inside. This can be done
with liquid seals, weather stripping, or some other form of insulation.
However, all of these different forms of insulation have something else
in common: they wear out after just a few short years. When they wear
out, they create gaps, and gaps are air leaks which can cause heated air
to escape outside and be replaced with cold air, causing your home to
cool off quicker than it should.
Those who have older windows have to deal with this issue far more often
than those with newer, more energy-efficient models, especially single-pane
windows. Single-pane windows are more prone to air leaks, but also tend
to lose heat more rapidly than double-pane windows because of the lack
of a true separation between the inside and outside temperatures.
Preparing for Winter
Doing everything you can to prevent heat loss this winter could wind up
saving you a bundle on your energy bills. First, if you have old, worn
out windows, you may want to consider having them replaced entirely with
a new, energy efficient model. Not only will this give your home a facelift,
but it will almost immediately help you start saving money.
If that’s not an option, be sure to carefully check each window in
your home for air leaks. Use new weather stripping or liquid seal to line
the panes and fill in these gaps. The tighter the seal around your windows,
the less air you’ll lose and the more money you’ll save.
You should also consider getting a furnace tune-up to ensure it’s
ready to handle the winter months ahead as well.
Call the Palm Beach County furnace repair experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC to schedule your maintenance service today!