As cooler temperatures start rolling in, you may be wondering if your windows are as efficient as they could be. Now is the perfect time to start replacing your dated and worn out windows. If you’re still not sure whether your windows make the cut, here are 5 warning signs that it’s time to replace your windows.
1. Your Home is Drafty
- While windows do let in a small amount of air, a noticeable draft points to signs that your windows should be replaced. As years go on, windows naturally deteriorate and let in more air.
- Perhaps you have wooden windows that have warped due to exposure to moisture. This kind of problem can’t be fixed with caulking or weather-stripping, as the warped wood has created gaps leading outside.
- If there are cracks in the window frame or panes, quick-fixes simply won’t do the trick. If you can feel a draft, it’s time to say goodbye to your old windows and have new ones installed.
2. You Notice Condensation Inside the Glass
- Sometimes with double or even triple-paned windows there comes a time where the seal fails, and water is able to accumulate in between the panes of glass. This kind of condensation can also lead to white calcium deposits on the glass.
- When the seal has failed in this way, your windows are no longer doing their job of keeping your home warm or cool, respectively. During the summer condensation can increase, while during the cooler months frost will form on the inside of the windows.
- One way to test if your seals have failed is to touch your windows during the summer and see if they are hot to the touch. If so, your windows are no longer properly insulated. If this sounds like your windows, it’s time to put them to rest.
3. Windows are Hard to Open and Close
- The first law of window replacement is: if you can’t open or close your windows, you need new ones. It’s as simple as that.
- Windows that don’t operate properly pose a hazard to everyone in your house. From the balance being off, windows can slam shut abruptly, which can injure you or your family.
- The inability to open windows at all, points to signs that the frame or locking mechanisms have either rotted or rusted. In either case, it’s time for new windows.
4. Your Energy Bill is Really Expensive
- If your cooling and heating costs seem to keep going up, more than likely your windows are the culprit. Older or damaged windows simply can’t be energy-efficient, and it will end up costing you big to keep them in your home.
- According to the Department of Energy, “If you have old or inefficient windows, it is actually more cost-effective to replace the windows entirely, rather than trying to improve their efficiency. New energy-efficient windows, pay for themselves over time as your heating and cooling costs are reduced.”
- Some great options for new windows are anything that has at least two panes and is ENERGY STAR labeled.
5. You’re Ready for a Change
- Perhaps your windows are not old or cracking. In fact you might be looking to replace them simply because it’s time for a change.
- A great way to revamp your windows is by installing new ones with different types of glass. One great option is glass block windows. These windows are break-resistant so they are an awesome choice for home security, but are also visually appealing and let in plenty of light.
- Maybe you are interested in replacing your windows because you would prefer new ones that operate in a different way. Instead of sliding windows, consider hinged or casement windows that open out.
No matter your reasoning for replacing your windows, now is the perfect time to act! For more information on replacing your home’s windows, contact us today!