Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you should consider replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Beltsville climate, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Beltsville just dealt with a severe storm.
Towns that are prone to severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for potential damage if they faced weather more intense than what they were designed to handle.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to escape your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as a need for 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 consultant can also help you decide if such a window can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are unusually steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your utility bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system has to work 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 boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for impacting your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Beltsville.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved 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 add in your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you might want your windows to match the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can add more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Beltsville has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Beltsville a call at (301) 327-3013 or visit our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.