Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for years, but the El Paso weather, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s 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:
- El Paso just survived a severe storm.
Towns that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep 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 hint at other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other critical repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you determine if a window with this problem can be salvaged with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you noticed that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your power bills to skyrocket 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 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 examining such things as weather changes in El Paso.
- You discover condensation between the panes of your window
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could cause window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of the window can indicate an issue. This concern 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—while so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not consider your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new look of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can add more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of El Paso 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 it’s too late—use these signs to help determine if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of El Paso a call at 915-213-1497 or visit our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.