While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. High-quality windows can serve you for decades, but the Plattsburgh 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 near the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Plattsburgh just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are dealt severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they faced weather more intense than what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and help outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work harder 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 critical repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you found that your power bills are unusually expensive? 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 electricity as your HVAC system runs overtime to compensate 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 would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Plattsburgh.
- You see condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not add in your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to reflect the new look of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can add more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Plattsburgh has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
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 Plattsburgh a call at 518-310-2118 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.