While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you should consider replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for decades, but the Boston elements, frequent use 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 approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Boston just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for possible damage if they experienced weather more intense than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leave your home and help outside air to creep in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other critical repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if such a window can be salvaged with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to save on your utility bill
Have you noticed that your energy bills are unusually high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your energy bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system has to work 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 improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Boston.
- You discover condensation between window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother 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 effectively. However, condensation captured between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This concern 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 elements of your home are getting a redesign, why not add in your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to match 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 room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Boston has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help determine if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Boston a call at 617-712-2342 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.