While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Colorado Springs climate, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to replace them:
- Colorado Springs just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for any signs of damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to escape your home and cause outside air to sneak in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other critical repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be fixed with a little amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your energy bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are abnormally high? 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 require you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace 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 increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Colorado Springs.
- You find condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could cause window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—since so many other aspects 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 might want your windows to reflect the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Colorado Springs has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signs to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Colorado Springs a call at (888) 883-8364 or come into our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.