Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Natick elements, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Natick just survived a severe storm.
Towns that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to escape your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts force 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 indicate other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other critical repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you determine if a window with this problem can be repaired with a little amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your power bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally high? 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 cause you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system works 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 would be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Natick.
- You see condensation between your window panes
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 effectively. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to mirror the new look of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Natick has a wide variety of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these indicators to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Natick a call at (781) 239-1161 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.