While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can serve you for years, but the San Antonio climate, 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 reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- San Antonio just dealt with a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather more intense than what they were designed to bear.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work longer 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 damaged window panes or other important repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you decide if a window with this problem can be salvaged with a small amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your power bill
Have you realized that your energy bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your power bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system runs overtime to make up for 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 could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in San Antonio.
- You discover condensation between window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not concern you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation that exists between the panes of glass can be a sign of an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a facelift, why not add in your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are older, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new design of your remodeled 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 San Antonio has a wide array of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signs to help determine if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of San Antonio a call at (210) 622-8673 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.