When Should I Replace My Windows?
If properly taken care of, premium windows can last for many years. But, like everything else in your home, they will eventually require replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Kingston is contingent upon a few aspects. 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 influence when they’ll require replacement.
Let’s discuss some of the indicators that it’s time to get replacement windows.
Your Residence Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most cost-effective model, 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 expenses 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 expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you cozier throughout extreme winter and summer temperatures. Keeping your loved ones comfortable and helping you spend less on utility costs is important to us at Pella of Kingston.
That’s why we provide a complete range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to limit heat transfer. A number of our windows have achieved 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 defend your possessions by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you choose.
Another disadvantage of single-pane windows is that they don’t muffle outdoor noise very efficiently. If your home is in in a busy place, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide 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 critical 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 ordinary family spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are a few things you can do to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Using energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re feeling big drafts even when your windows are closed, you may be due to buy new windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Work Like They Should
It’s not a good sign if your window frames seem mushy. This is a sign the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which could result in huge issues with your windows. You might experience trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another sign that your windows should be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is normal, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have likely failed.
In either circumstance, you should start planning to replace your windows in the immediate future.
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 pros 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.