Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for years, but the Monroe elements, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to replace them:
- Monroe just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for any signs of damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to escape your home and cause outside air to sneak in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if such a window can be salvaged with a little amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to save on your energy bill
Have you noticed that your power bills are unusually high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for power as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to identify which type of windows would be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Monroe.
- You find condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could cause window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of glass can indicate an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—since so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can bring more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Monroe has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help decide if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Monroe a call at 203-295-4486 or come into our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.