How Do You Figure Out When You Should Replace Windows?
If correctly upkept, good windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your house, they will sometime need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Danville depends on a few things. The top ones are the quality of your existing windows, material type and how well they were put in. But the weather in Danville and how frequently you open your windows can also influence how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s discuss a couple of the indicators that it’s time to get new windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most economical option, they’re infamously inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility expenses each year, depending on where you live.* Those reductions can really add up over the life expectancy of your updated windows.
Besides helping save on utility bills, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable during intense winter and summer temps. Keeping your home comfy and helping you pay less on heating and cooling costs is our top priority at Pella of Danville.
That’s why we have a full range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, such as insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to lower heat transfer. Several of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed thorough energy regulations.
And our exclusive choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your possessions by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you select.
An additional drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t stop outdoor noise very well. If you live in a busy area, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide a matchless blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Creating Comfort Troubles
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can result in more major issues than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also impact your heating and cooling costs, since the Department of Energy says they discharge 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 steps you can take to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, including:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Getting energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re noticing major drafts even when your windows are shut, you may be due to install new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Function Like They Should
It’s not a great sign if your window frames appear squishy. This indicates the frame has sustained water damage and is beginning to rot, which might cause major issues with your windows. You might experience trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another symptom that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is normal, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially gone out.
In either situation, you should begin prepping to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Danville, we specialize in designing custom windows that fit your residence and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our specialists are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us at 217-443-3355 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.