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How Do You Determine When Its Time to Replace Windows?

How Do You Determine When Its Time to Replace Windows?

If correctly taken care of, quality windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your house, they will sometime need to be replaced.

When you will need replacement windows in Eau Claire is contingent upon a couple of aspects. 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 frequently you open your windows can also impact how quickly they’ll require replacement.

Let’s go over a few the signs that it’s time to replace your windows.

Your House Has Single-Pane Windows

While single-pane windows are the most budget-friendly option, they’re notoriously inefficient. If you move up 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 you’re located.* Those reductions can really build up over the life span of your new windows.

Besides helping you spend less on energy bills, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you cozier during severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your loved ones cozy and helping you spend less on energy prices is our top priority at Pella of Eau Claire.

That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. A number of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved strict energy regulations.

And our select options only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can shield your possessions by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you select.

One more 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 provide a matchless blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**

Your Windows are Causing Comfort Issues

When your windows are wearing out, they can create more major 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 residence’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary household spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.

There are some things you can do to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:

  • Installing weatherstrip
  • Sealing air leaks
  • Using energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades

However, if you’re noticing big 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 positive sign if your window frames seem mushy. This means the frame has been subject to water damage and is beginning to rot, which could cause big issues with your windows. You could have issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the case.

Another symptom that your windows require replacement is condensation. Occasional condensation is expected, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. However, if you’re seeing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially gone out.

In either situation, you should begin preparing to replace your windows shortly.

At Pella of Eau Claire, we specialize in creating custom windows that complement your home and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us at 715-836-9301 right away 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.

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