5 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Windows
Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can show you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can last for a long time, but the Kelowna elements, wear and tear and other factors can play a large role in the durability of all of your home’s windows. If you aren’t sure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to replace them:
- Kelowna just survived a severe storm.
Regions that are prone to severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one strong thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for possible damage if they experienced weather more intense than what they were designed to handle.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and allow outside air to sneak in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can cost you more on your energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as a need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other important repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you decide if a window in this state can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to lower your power bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your utility bills to go up by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for energy as your HVAC system runs overtime to replace the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to find which type of windows might be best for increasing energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Kelowna.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could lead to window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a scary thing; in many situations it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation that exists between the panes of the window can reflect an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—when so many other elements of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are older, and you might want your windows to reflect the new style of your renovated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Kelowna has a wide selection of window styles to choose from and can help make sure that your replacement windows reflect your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these signs to help identify if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these signs stands out to you, give Pella of Kelowna a call at 250-863-7902 or visit our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.