Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you should consider replacement windows. High-quality windows can last for years, but the Northern Virginia weather, 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 signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Northern Virginia just weathered a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other critical repairs as a result of 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 minor amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are unusually high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system works 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 increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Northern Virginia.
- You see condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window 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 an ideal time to replace your windows—since so many other aspects of your home are getting a redesign, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to reflect the new style 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 Northern Virginia has a wide variety of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help determine if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Northern Virginia a call at 571-292-3519 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.