Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you need replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for years, but the Bloomington climate, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Bloomington 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 find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather stronger than what they were designed to handle.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leak out from your home and help outside air to sneak in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can result in more expensive 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 critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you conclude if such a window can be fixed with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you noticed that your energy bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system runs 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 find which type of windows would be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Bloomington.
- You find condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—since so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not consider your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you are going to want your windows to mirror the new style of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Bloomington has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signs to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Bloomington a call at 309-663-7132 or stop by our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.