While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you should consider replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Southern Pines climate, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Southern Pines just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they faced weather stronger than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leak out from your home and help outside air to sneak in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work more 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 damaged window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be repaired with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you found that your energy bills are unexpectedly steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your power bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to determine which type of windows might be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Southern Pines.
- You find condensation between window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or fixed 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 aspects of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to mirror 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 Southern Pines has a wide array of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signs to help decide if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Southern Pines a call at 910-444-0729 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.