While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you should consider replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for years, but the St. Paul weather, wear and tear 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 approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to replace them:
- St. Paul just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing 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 consultant can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be fixed with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your energy bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are unexpectedly high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your power bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for power as your HVAC system has to work 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 find which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in St. Paul.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window 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—while 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 probable that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to match the new style 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 St. Paul has a wide selection of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help decide if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of St. Paul a call at 651-213-9049 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.