While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Des Moines weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you don’t know if your windows are near the end of their lifespan, here are some signs that it may be time to replace them:
- Des Moines just survived a severe storm.
Towns that are prone to severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, can discover windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for potential damage if they experienced weather beyond what they were designed to withstand.
- You are experiencing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts push your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you conclude if a window with this problem can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to lower your utility bill
Have you found that your energy bills are unusually high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your power 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 has to work overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window professionals can work with you to identify which type of windows could be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by factoring in such things as weather changes in Des Moines.
- You see condensation between your window panes
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could cause window damage. Spotting condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation appearing between the panes of window glass can reflect an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is an ideal time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a facelift, why not consider your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is probable that your home and windows are worn down, and you are going to want your windows to reflect the new style of your updated 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 Des Moines has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows go with your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes—use these signals to help determine if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Des Moines a call at 515-219-7723 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.