While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Bedford climate, heavy 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 indicators that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Bedford just weathered a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for potential damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you decide if such a window can be salvaged with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your utility bill
Have you realized that your utility bills are unexpectedly high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for electricity 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 identify which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Bedford.
- You find condensation between window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you are going to want your windows to match the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can add more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Bedford has a wide variety of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these indicators to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Bedford a call at 603-228-3352 or come into our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.