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How to Tell if Your Double-Pane Windows Need to be Replaced

How to Tell if Your Double-Pane Windows Need to be Replaced

New double-pane windows offer a variety of perks for homeowners in Northern Virginia, one being improved energy efficiency. Whether you’re researching online or with an associate at a showroom, energy efficiency is a crucial factor in the purchasing process for replacement windows. Double-pane windows are a great choice if you’re searching for improved efficiency.

A lot of new double-pane windows contain argon, a colorless, nontoxic gas that has a greater density than air, which leaves you with additional insulation from heat and cold.. However, if you note that your windows have become “foggy” or if they have developed condensation, you may have developed a greater leak and the gas has been substituted with moisture. There are a couple things that you can do to discover if this is the case:

  1. Clean the exterior and interior portion of your glass to ensure that the condensation or fog you’re seeing is in between the glass, not on the glass.
  2. If you determine the moisture is in fact between the glass, you can get ahold of the manufacturer to find out if you can make a warranty claim. 
Depending on how old your windows are and the conditions causing the leak, it might make sense to start researching replacement windows. Insulation is one of the most important qualities of your windows, and if that is altered it can affect your heating and cooling expenses. Come by the Pella Windows and Doors showroom in Northern Virginia to speak with one of our pros and figure out what your next steps should be. You can also call us at 571-292-3519 or schedule an appointment with us online to decide what to do next.

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