Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for a long time, but the Long Island elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you don’t know if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Long Island just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face 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 beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling 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 require your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged 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 salvaged with a minor amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you found that your utility bills are unexpectedly high? 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 electricity as your HVAC system runs overtime to compensate for 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 would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Long Island.
- You see condensation between the panes of your window
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of glass can reflect an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—since so many other parts of your home are getting a redesign, why not include your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are older, and you might want your windows to reflect the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can add more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Long Island 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 indicators to help decide if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Long Island a call at 516-331-0031 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.