Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. Top-notch windows can withstand the elements for years, but the Portsmouth elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you are unsure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to replace them:
- Portsmouth just weathered a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover 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 bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to escape your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other critical repairs because 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 demands a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your utility bill
Have you found that your utility bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for power as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to determine which type of windows might be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Portsmouth.
- You see condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could lead to window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can be a sign of an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—since 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 worn down, and you might want your windows to mirror the new style of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Portsmouth has a wide selection 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 needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Portsmouth a call at 603-427-0677 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.