When Should I Get Replacement Windows?
If correctly taken care of, premium windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your home, they will ultimately need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Terre Haute depends on a couple of factors. The main ones are the quality of your existing windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Terre Haute and how routinely you open your windows can also influence how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s review some of the indicators that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your Residence Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most budget-friendly option, they’re notoriously 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 expenses every year, depending on where you’re located.* Those reductions can really accumulate over the life expectancy of your updated 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 temps. 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 been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve reached strict energy requirements.
And our select choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your valuables by deflecting up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, contingent upon the coating you select.
One more drawback 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 an unsurpassed mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Creating Comfort Troubles
When your windows are wearing out, they can create more critical troubles than making you feel overly hot or cold. They can also influence your utility bills, because the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary household spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Using weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Using energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re noticing major drafts even when your windows are down, it may be time to install new windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Don’t Function Like They Should
It’s not a positive 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 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. Occasional condensation is common, including 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 potentially failed.
In either situation, you should start planning to replace your windows in the immediate future.
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.