While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can serve you for decades, but the Kingston climate, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your 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 consider replacing them:
- Kingston just survived a severe storm.
Towns 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 look over your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts require 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 be a sign of other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you conclude if a window with this problem can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your energy bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are unusually steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace 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 increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Kingston.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—while so many other aspects of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to mirror the new style of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can add more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Kingston has a wide variety of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signals to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Kingston a call at 845-663-1025 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.