When Should I Get New Windows?
If well upkept, premium windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your home, they will sometime require replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Terre Haute depends on a few factors. The most important ones are the quality of your existing windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Terre Haute and how frequently you open your windows can also affect how soon they’ll need replacement.
Let’s review some of the signs that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your Residence Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most cost-effective option, they’re notoriously inefficient. If you move up from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility prices annually, depending on where your home is.* Those reductions can really build up over the life expectancy of your up-to-date windows.
As well as helping you spend less on utility bills, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you cozier during extreme winter and summer conditions. Keeping your loved ones comfortable and helping you spend less on utility costs is important to us at Pella of Terre Haute.
That’s why we have a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. A number of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed strict energy requirements.
And our select choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your belongings by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you pick.
An additional disadvantage of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very well. If you live somewhere that’s busy, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver a matchless blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Creating Comfort Issues
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can create more major problems than making you feel overly hot or cold. They can also affect your heating and cooling bills, as the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary home spending $2,060 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to boost your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Using weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Using energy-efficient window treatments, including honeycomb shades
Nevertheless, if you’re observing major drafts even when your windows are down, it may be time to install new windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Don’t Open Correctly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames are feeling spongy. This means the frame has received water damage and is beginning to rot, which could cause major issues with your windows. You may experience issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the problem.
Another sign that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is expected, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have probably failed.
In either situation, you should start planning to replace your windows shortly.
At Pella of Terre Haute, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that work with your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 812-234-0729 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.