Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for years, but the Mt. Pleasant climate, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to replace them:
- Mt. Pleasant just weathered a severe storm.
Towns that are dealt 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 potential damage if they experienced weather more intense than what they were designed to handle.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be salvaged with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your power bill
Have you found that your utility bills are unusually expensive? 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 cause you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace 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 would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Mt. Pleasant.
- You discover condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—while so many other elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not include your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new look of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can offer more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Mt. Pleasant has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these indicators to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Mt. Pleasant a call at 989-317-2558 or stop by our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.