Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can last for years, but the Grand Rapids climate, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to replace them:
- Grand Rapids just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are dealt severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather more intense than what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and allow outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other critical repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you conclude if such a window can be salvaged with a minor amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally expensive? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for power as your HVAC system has to work overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to find which type of windows would be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Grand Rapids.
- You discover condensation between your window panes
While indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation captured between the panes of the window can indicate an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—since so many other parts of your home are getting a facelift, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to mirror the new design of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Grand Rapids has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signs to help decide if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Grand Rapids a call at 616-201-0206 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.