While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Top-notch windows can last for decades, but the Eau Claire weather, 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 reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Eau Claire just survived a severe storm.
Cities that are likely to face severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for any signs of damage if they experienced weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can cause warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to creep in. Window drafts push 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 broken window panes or other critical repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
An expert can also help you determine if a window with this problem can be salvaged with a little amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to save on your power bill
Have you found that your power bills are unexpectedly steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can force your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can make 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 staff can work with you to find which type of windows would be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by examining such things as weather changes in Eau Claire.
- You see condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not bother 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 appearing between the panes of window glass 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—while so many other aspects of your home are getting a new look, why not include 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 reflect the new design of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Eau Claire has a wide selection 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 trouble comes—use these indicators to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Eau Claire a call at 715-836-9301 or stop by our showroom. You can also arrange an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.