Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Traverse City climate, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a 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 replace them:
- Traverse City just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for potential damage if they experienced weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to escape your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other important repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you conclude if a window in this state can be salvaged with a little amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your energy bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power 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 has to work overtime to make up for 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 boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Traverse City.
- You see condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could cause window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing 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 in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a new look, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to match the new design of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Traverse City has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signals to help determine if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Traverse City a call at 231-538-2175 or come into our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.