When is the last time you replaced your car, your computer, your washing machine, your desk chair, or even your entire kitchen? Many of the products we rely on in our daily lives offer clear warning signs when they near the end of their useful lifespans. The windows in your house play a crucial role in retaining heat in winter and cooler temperatures during the summer. Your windows are essential when it comes to the safety of your home as well. When is it time to replace the windows in your house, then? Here are some warning signs to look out for.
Windows are one of the most defining features of a home. Proud owners of old homes that still have their original window frames may be incredibly reluctant to replace their windows. Wooden window frames that have clear signs of decay (yes, rot!) or deep mold growth and chronic dampness, should have their windows replaced as soon as possible. Decayed window frames lead to severely increased utility bills and invite mold growth. This can have a serious negative health impact.
Are your windows so soft in places that you could drive a pencil through? That is a great hint that your windows need to be replaced urgently.
Does condensation visibly build up between the two layers of your double-glazed windows? That is, unfortunately, a very clear sign that the seal has experienced a catastrophic failure. You will ultimately be best off having your windows replaced immediately.
In some cases, caulking may fix the problem of drafty windows. If not, they’ll need to be replaced. Drafty windows cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Does rain make its way inside? That is, in most cases, a sign that your windows cannot be updated, and will need to be replaced.
Did the previous owner of your house opt to install cheap and poorly-constructed windows? Or, are your windows simply so old that they no longer open and close well? If you are like most people, you primarily see your windows as a source of light and a way to look into the world outside. Windows should be able to open and close with ease. Wooden frames can expand when exposed to moisture over time. In fact, the components of vinyl and aluminum frames can also break down over time. If this has happened to you, having new windows installed will be for the best.
Modern energy-efficient windows don’t just play a part in climate control, but also help you sound-proof your home. If you can hear everything that’s going on outside, that’s a sure sign that your windows are not energy efficient. Oftentimes, this will often be accompanied by high energy bills.
Old windows are almost always less energy efficient than modern windows that are Energy Star qualified. Although having your windows replaced is a serious investment, you can begin earning that back immediately as your energy usage goes down. After all, you will require less heat and air-conditioning. Ultimately, Energy Star qualified windows, the gold standard efficient windows, can also have a significant impact on your household’s annual carbon footprint. As you make long-term financial savings, you can also contribute to fighting climate change by replacing the windows in your home.
If you are house-hunting, your home inspector will have some very interesting things to say about the windows found in properties. In your own home, however, you will have to rely on an independent contractor as you decide whether the windows can be updated, or have to be replaced. If you do decide to replace your windows, ensure that you follow the Department of Energy’s recommendations by:
Additional Reading: Benefits of ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors, and Skylights
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