While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can last for years, but the Baltimore elements, 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 replace them:
- Baltimore just dealt with a severe storm.
Towns that are dealt severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they experienced weather beyond what they were designed to bear.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to escape your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can cost you more on your 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 as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you conclude if a window with this problem can be repaired with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your energy bill
Have you realized that your utility bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your energy bills to go up 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 compensate for 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 might be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Baltimore.
- You discover condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation appearing between the panes of the window can be a sign of 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 great time to replace your windows—since so many other elements of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you might want your windows to match the new look of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Baltimore has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help identify if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Baltimore a call at 301-637-0762 or come into our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.