Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you should consider replacement windows. Top-notch windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Kalamazoo weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to replace them:
- Kalamazoo just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for possible damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can lead to higher 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 important repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you decide if a window in this state can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to save on your utility bill
Have you found that your power bills are unexpectedly steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your energy 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 compensate for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals 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 factoring in such things as weather changes in Kalamazoo.
- You find condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. 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 undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—since so many other aspects of your home are getting a redesign, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you might want your windows to reflect the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Kalamazoo has a wide variety of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Kalamazoo a call at 269-215-4157 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.