While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. High-quality windows can last for years, but the North Carolina climate, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- North Carolina just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather beyond what they were designed to bear.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to escape your home and allow outside air to creep 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 hint at other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant 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 reduce your utility bill
Have you noticed that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system works overtime to compensate for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to find which type of windows could be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in North Carolina.
- You find condensation between window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation captured between the panes of the window can be a sign of an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—while so many other aspects of your home are getting a new look, why not consider your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to reflect 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 living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of North Carolina has a wide variety of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signals to help decide if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of North Carolina a call at 866-539-4196 or visit our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.