Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. Top-notch windows can serve you for years, but the Shrewsbury elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to replace them:
- Shrewsbury just dealt with a severe storm.
Towns that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leak out from your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you conclude if a window with this problem can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to save on your energy bill
Have you found that your power bills are unusually expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility 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 replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to determine which type of windows could be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Shrewsbury.
- You find condensation between your window panes
While indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed 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 elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not add in your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new style of your updated 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 Shrewsbury has a wide selection of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Shrewsbury a call at (508) 925-7149 or stop by our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.