While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate it’s time for replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Minneapolis weather, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of a home’s windows. If you don’t know if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some signals that it may be time to look into replacement windows:
- Minneapolis just weathered a severe storm.
Cities that are dealt severe weather, or even cities that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you check your windows for potential damage if they dealt with weather stronger than what they were designed to bear.
- You are noticing drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can help warm or cool air to leak out from your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work longer than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also indicate other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of broken window panes or other important repairs due to windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you determine if such a window can be fixed with a little amount of work or if it needs a full replacement.
- You want to save on your utility bill
Have you found that your power bills are unusually steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for power as your HVAC system works overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to find which type of windows would be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Minneapolis.
- You find condensation between the panes of your window
Even though indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a bad thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning correctly. However, condensation appearing between the panes of glass can indicate an issue. This problem can be easily avoided or solved with proper window replacement.
- Your house is undergoing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—while so many other aspects of your home are getting a redesign, why not include your windows? If you are doing a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to match the new design of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with bigger panes of glass, they can offer more light to your living space. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Minneapolis has a wide selection of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new style.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these indicators to help decide if your home needs replacement windows today. If any of these indicators stands out to you, give Pella of Minneapolis a call at 612-249-7371 or stop by our showroom. You can also book an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.