Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can serve you for a long time, but the Albany weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you don’t know if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Albany just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they faced weather stronger than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to sneak 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 a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you determine if such a window can be fixed with a small amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your power bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are unexpectedly expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your energy bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for power as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to determine which type of windows would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Albany.
- You find condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you might want your windows to match the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Albany has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Albany a call at 518-414-5302 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.