While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can serve you for a long time, but the Santa Fe weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you are unsure if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Santa Fe just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are likely to face severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other necessary repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you determine if a window with this problem can be fixed with a little amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you noticed that your utility bills are unexpectedly steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system works overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to find which type of windows could be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Santa Fe.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can indicate an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—since so many other elements of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are worn down, and you will want your windows to mirror the new style of your remodeled home. If you are replacing your windows with more expansive panes of glass, they can add more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Santa Fe has a wide array of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these indicators to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Santa Fe a call at 505-373-1286 or come into our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.