Even though your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can indicate you should consider replacement windows. High-quality windows can withstand the elements for decades, but the Calgary climate, heavy use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you don’t know if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Calgary just dealt with a severe storm.
Cities that are prone to severe weather, or even areas that have been hit with one intense thunderstorm, can find windows and homes damaged. Make sure you look over your windows for possible damage if they faced weather beyond what they were designed to handle.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to drift in. Window drafts require your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to and can result in more expensive energy bills. Drafty windows can also be a sign of other issues, such as the need for weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of damaged window panes or other necessary repairs because of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A consultant can also help you determine if a window with this problem can be fixed with a minor amount of work or if it warrants a full replacement.
- You want to reduce your power bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally high? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can cause your utility bills to increase by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can cause you to pay more for electricity as your HVAC system has to work overtime to make up for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window staff can work with you to determine which type of windows might be best for improving energy efficiency, and therefore best for helping your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Calgary.
- You find condensation between your window panes
Although indoor condensation may not bother you that much, it could result in window damage. Discovering condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many cases it means the windows are functioning effectively. However, condensation captured between the panes of window glass can reflect an issue. This issue can be easily avoided or remedied with proper window replacement.
- Your house is in the middle of a makeover
A home makeover is a perfect time to replace your windows—since so many other aspects of your home are getting a new look, why not include your windows? If you are going through a home makeover, it is likely that your home and windows are out-of-date, and you will want your windows to reflect the new style of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can bring more light to your home. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Calgary has a wide selection of window styles to select from and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new look.
Don’t wait until trouble comes—use these indicators to help identify if your home requires replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Calgary a call at 403-681-6363 or visit our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.