5 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Windows
Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can last for years, but the Idaho weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Idaho just weathered a severe storm.
Regions that are prone to severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they faced weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you conclude if such a window can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your energy bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are unusually steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for power as your HVAC system works overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to find which type of windows would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Idaho.
- You discover condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—since so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new style of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can add more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Idaho has a wide array of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signals to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Idaho a call at 208-373-0002 or visit our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.