How Do You Figure Out When Its Time to Replace Windows?
If correctly taken care of, quality windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your residence, they will sometime need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Eau Claire is contingent upon a few things. The main ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Eau Claire and how routinely you open your windows can also impact how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s go over a couple of the signs that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most cost-effective option, they’re notoriously inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on heating and cooling costs each year, depending on where your home is.* Those reductions can really build up over the life span of your new windows.
Besides helping you pay less on energy expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you comfier during severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your home comfy and helping you spend less on energy expenses is our top priority at Pella of Eau Claire.
That’s why we offer a complete range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. Some of our windows have been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved strict energy rules.
And our select options only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your possessions by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you pick.
An additional downside of single-pane windows is that they don’t muffle outdoor noise very effectively. If you live somewhere that’s busy, consider our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver a matchless mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Issues
When your windows are wearing out, they can create more critical issues than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also impact your utility costs, as the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary home spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:
- Using weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Using energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
However, if you’re noticing large drafts even when your windows are closed, it may be time to buy new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Work Properly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames appear mushy. This means the frame has been subject to water damage and is beginning to rot, which could cause huge issues with your windows. You could have issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the case.
Another symptom that your windows should be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is expected, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. However, if you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have probably broken.
In either situation, you should begin preparing to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Eau Claire, we specialize in creating custom windows that work with your home and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 715-836-9301 now to get started.
*Source 2015: D+R International in support of ENERGY STAR. Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 6.0 modeling of eight home profiles across 93 U.S. Cities. Home profiles include new construction or existing construction, single-story (1,700 square feet) or two-story (2,600 square feet), and natural gas or electric heating. Savings estimates for each city represent the average of the eight home profiles in that city. Climate zone savings estimates represent the average savings among the cities in each climate zone. Cost savings calculations used 2013-2014 average natural gas prices and 2012-2013 average electricity prices from each state from the Energy Information Administration. Actual savings will vary by local climate conditions, utility rates and individual home characteristics. Hawaii was excluded from this analysis, as the assumptions in RESFEN 6.0 diverge significantly from the norm in Hawaii. Savings for all climate zones are for whole-home replacements with ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 windows.
**Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value, require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.