When Should I Order Replacement Windows?
If well upkept, quality windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your house, they will ultimately require replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Kelowna is contingent upon several things. The top ones are the quality of your current 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 soon they’ll need to be replaced.
Let’s discuss a couple of the signals that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your Residence Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most economical solution, 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 heating and cooling expenses each year, depending on where you live.* Those reductions can really accumulate over the life expectancy of your updated windows.
As well as helping save on utility costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you cozier during intense winter and summer temps. Keeping your loved ones comfortable and helping you save money on utility expenses matters to us at Pella of Kelowna.
That’s why we offer a complete range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to lower heat transfer. A number of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve reached thorough energy requirements.
And our special choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your belongings by stopping 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 home is in somewhere that’s busy, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver a matchless combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Troubles
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can create more major troubles than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also influence your heating and cooling expenses, as the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your residence’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary household spending $2,060 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are a few things you can do to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:
- Installing weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Installing 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 be due to buy new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Function Like They Should
It’s not a positive sign if your window frames are feeling squishy. This means the frame has been subject to water damage and is beginning to rot, which can lead to huge issues with your windows. You may run into 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. Having said that, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially broken.
In either situation, you should start preparing to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Kelowna, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that complement your residence 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 right away 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.