Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for years, but the Hunt Valley 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 reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Hunt Valley just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are dealt severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for potential damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you determine if such a window can be repaired with a small amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for electricity 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 staff can work with you to identify which type of windows could be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Hunt Valley.
- You see condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of glass can reflect an issue. This problem 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—while so many other elements of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to match the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can add more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Hunt Valley has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—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 Hunt Valley a call at 301-354-3633 or come into our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.