When Should I Get New Windows?
If correctly maintained, quality windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Idaho is contingent upon several things. The top ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Idaho and how frequently you open your windows can also influence how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s review a couple of the indicators that it’s time to get replacement windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the lowest-priced option, they’re especially inefficient. If you move up from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on energy prices each year, depending on where you’re located.* Those decreases can really build up over the lifetime of your up-to-date windows.
In addition to helping you pay less on utility costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you comfier through severe winter and summer temperatures. Keeping your home comfortable and helping you pay less on utility costs matters to us at Pella of Idaho.
That’s why we have a full range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, like insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. Some of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved thorough energy rules.
And our select options only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can shield your possessions by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, contingent upon the coating you choose.
An additional drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very effectively. If you live somewhere that’s busy, consider our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unbeatable mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Problems
When your windows are wearing out, they can cause more serious problems than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also affect your heating and cooling costs, because the Department of Energy says they leak up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling. With the typical family spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are several things you can do to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Installing weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Installing energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
However, if you’re feeling big drafts even when your windows are closed, it may be time to install new windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Don’t Work Correctly
It’s not a positive sign if your window frames are feeling squishy. This is a sign the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which could lead to big issues with your windows. You may run into issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the case.
Another flag that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is normal, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have likely failed.
In either case, you should begin prepping to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Idaho, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that fit your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us at 208-373-0002 right away to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.