Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for a long time, but the Petoskey climate, wear and tear 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 near the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Petoskey just survived a severe storm.
Towns that are prone to severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and help outside air to drift in. Window drafts push 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 a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you determine if such a window can be repaired with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your utility bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system runs overtime to compensate for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to find which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Petoskey.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a facelift, why not add in your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to mirror the new design of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Petoskey has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
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 Petoskey a call at 231-622-4417 or stop by our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.