Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for a long time, but the Champaign climate, frequent use 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 consider replacing them:
- Champaign just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for potential damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you conclude if such a window can be fixed with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require 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 experts can work with you to find which type of windows could be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Champaign.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
While indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of glass can be a sign of an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—while so many other parts of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to match the new style of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Champaign has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signals to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Champaign a call at 217-356-6474 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.