When Should I Get Replacement Windows?
If well taken care of, quality windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your residence, they will sometime require replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Kelowna is contingent upon several things. The top ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Kelowna and how frequently you open your windows can also affect how quickly they’ll need to be replaced.
Let’s discuss a few the signals that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most economical model, they’re especially inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on heating and cooling expenses each year, depending on where you live.* Those decreases can really accumulate over the life expectancy of your up-to-date windows.
As well as helping save on heating and cooling costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you cozier during severe winter and summer temps. Keeping your loved ones comfortable and helping you save money on heating and cooling expenses matters to us at Pella of Kelowna.
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 limit heat transfer. Some of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed rigorous energy requirements.
And our special choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your belongings by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, depending on the coating you pick.
Another disadvantage of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very well. If your house is in somewhere that’s busy, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unsurpassed combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Issues
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can create more critical problems than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also affect your heating and cooling costs, as the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your residence’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary home spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are a few things you can do to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:
- Using weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Getting energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re feeling major breezes even when your windows are down, you may need to buy new windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Open Like They Should
It’s not a positive sign if your window frames are feeling squishy. This means the frame has received water damage and is beginning to rot, which can result in huge issues with your windows. You could experience problems opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the problem.
Another symptom that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is common, like on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially gone out.
In either situation, you should start prepping to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Kelowna, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that complement your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our pros are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 250-863-7902 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.