Even if your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can serve you for decades, but the Lethbridge climate, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to replace them:
- Lethbridge just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather more intense than what they were designed to handle.
- You are noticing 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 push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you determine if a window in this state can be repaired with a little amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your energy bill
Have you noticed that your power bills are abnormally 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 make you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system works 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 determine 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 Lethbridge.
- You see condensation between window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could result in window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of window glass can reflect an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing 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 doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to reflect the new look of your remodeled 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 Lethbridge has a wide variety of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these indicators to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Lethbridge a call at 403-328-2517 or visit our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.