Even though 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 Peoria elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Peoria just weathered a severe storm.
Towns that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they experienced weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leak out from 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 lead to higher 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 necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you decide if such a window can be salvaged with a small amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you found that your utility bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for power as your HVAC system works overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to determine which type of windows would be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Peoria.
- You find condensation between your window panes
While indoor condensation may not concern 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 effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of glass can be a sign of an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to reflect the new style 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 Peoria has a wide selection 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 trouble comes—use these signs to help identify if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Peoria a call at 309-306-3893 or visit our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.