While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can last for decades, but the Springfield elements, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a 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:
- Springfield just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts require 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 be a sign of other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you conclude if a window in this state can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your power bill
Have you found that your utility bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make 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 determine which type of windows might be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Springfield.
- You find condensation between window panes
While indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could result in window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This problem 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 aspects of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you might want your windows to reflect the new design of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Springfield has a wide array of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signals to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Springfield a call at 217-793-0550 or come into our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.