When Should I Replace My Windows?
If correctly taken care of, good windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your house, they will ultimately need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Owensboro is subject to several aspects. The most important ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Owensboro and how often you open your windows can also impact how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s review some of the indicators that it’s time to get replacement windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the lowest-priced model, 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 utility prices each year, depending on where you live.* Those decreases can really build up over the life span of your up-to-date windows.
Besides helping you spend less on utility expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable during severe winter and summer temperatures. Keeping your home comfy and helping you pay less on heating and cooling costs is important to us at Pella of Owensboro.
That’s why we offer a full range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can enhance your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. A number of our windows have been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved thorough energy regulations.
And our select choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your valuables by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you select.
Another disadvantage of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very efficiently. If your home is in somewhere that’s busy, consider 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 major problems than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also affect your utility 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 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a big chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, such as:
- Using weatherstrip
- Plugging air leaks
- Getting energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
Nevertheless, if you’re noticing large airflow even when your windows are closed, you may need to get new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Open Like They Should
It’s not a great sign if your window frames seem soft. This means the frame has sustained water damage and is in the early stages of rotting, which may lead to big issues with your windows. You could run into trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another sign that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is normal, 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 probably failed.
In either situation, you should begin planning to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Owensboro, we specialize in designing custom windows that fit your home and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us at 270-684-3028 today 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.