If you recently had a window on your home broken, you may be inclined to board it up and leave it until you can deal with it. However, you should not leave it sit past autumn. There are some very valid reasons why you should have residential glass replacement before the first freeze and the first snow of winter.
Higher Heating Bills
Broken windows are vast gateways through which cold air and frosty winds blow. Even boarded up, your broken window will still be quite drafty. That causes your furnace to kick in more often to compensate for all of the cold air coming in through the broken window and all the warm air seeping out. A more frequently running furnace equals higher heating bills, and since heating bills in winter are already so high, you may want to get that window replaced sooner rather than later.
Frost and Frozen Condensation Expansion
If you have ever tried to freeze water in a glass container, then forgot about it, you probably had quite the explosion in your freezer. The same holds true for any water and any glass product in winter. If your window is not broken all the way and only has tons of cracks, you are looking at a ticking time bomb.
As condensation, rain or melted snow collects between the cracks in the window, it will sit there until it freezes overnight. As it freezes, it will expand, forcing the cracks to open wider and putting stress and strain on the already split glass until the glass cracks all the way and/or busts out of the window trying to give the frozen liquids room to expand. Ergo, you could end up with an even bigger glass mess than you have right now.
Better Protection Against Blizzards
Blizzards are brutal. They can last for a day up to almost a week, with powerful blowing winds and tons of snow and ice. A broken window is no protection against these winter storms, and your window could blow inward, exposing your home to tons of snow. If you are not home when this happens, you could end up with a lot of snow and water damage when you finally do come home. If you know that you are going south for the winter, definitely do not leave a broken window as is. You will have untold damage when you return home in the spring.
For more information, contact companies like Allied Glass & Mirror.