When Should I Order Replacement Windows?
If properly upkept, premium windows can last for many years. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Kingston is contingent upon a few things. The most important ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Kingston and how often you open your windows can also affect when they’ll need replacement.
Let’s go over some of the indicators that it’s time to get replacement windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most budget-friendly solution, they’re especially inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on heating and cooling prices annually, depending on where you’re located.* Those decreases can really accumulate over the lifetime of your updated windows.
In addition to helping you spend less on energy bills, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you comfier throughout extreme winter and summer temperatures. Keeping your loved ones comfortable and helping you pay less on heating and cooling costs is important to us at Pella of Kingston.
That’s why we provide a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to lower heat transfer. Some of our windows have been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved thorough energy regulations.
And our special choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can shield your possessions by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, contingent upon the coating you choose.
Another drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t muffle outdoor noise very efficiently. If your house is in in a busy place, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver a matchless blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Issues
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can cause more major issues than making you feel extremely hot or cold. They can also affect your heating and cooling bills, because the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the typical family spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are several things you can do to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Plugging air leaks
- Using energy-efficient window treatments, including honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re feeling large drafts even when your windows are latched, you may need to buy new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Work Correctly
It’s not a good sign if your window frames seem mushy. This indicates the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which could result in big issues with your windows. You might experience trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the problem.
Another sign that your windows should be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is normal, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have likely failed.
In either situation, you should start planning to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Kingston, we specialize in designing custom windows that fit your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our specialists are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us at 845-663-1025 right away to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.