While your windows can’t speak directly to you, there are little ways they can communicate you need replacement windows. Well-made windows can withstand the elements for a long time, but the Mankato weather, frequent use and other factors can play a large role in the durability of your windows. If you are unsure if your windows are approaching the end of their lifespan, here are some indicators that it may be time to consider replacing them:
- Mankato just weathered a severe storm.
Towns that are likely to face severe weather, or even towns that have been hit with one powerful thunderstorm, might see windows and homes damaged. Make sure you inspect your windows for possible damage if they faced weather more intense than what they were designed to withstand.
- You are feeling drafts from your windows
Drafty windows can allow warm or cool air to leave your home and cause outside air to creep in. Window drafts force your heating and cooling system to work more than it needs to and can lead to higher energy bills. Drafty windows can also hint at other issues, such as needing weather-stripping or hardware, the presence of warped window panes or other necessary repairs as a result of windows that are difficult to open and close.
A professional can also help you determine if a window in this state can be repaired with a minor amount of work or if it demands a full replacement.
- You want to save on your energy bill
Have you found that your power bills are abnormally steep? According to Energy.gov, faulty windows can drive your energy bills to skyrocket by about 10–25 percent. Drafty, improperly sealed or old windows can require you to pay more for power as your HVAC system works overtime to compensate for the lost air that has already been heated or cooled in your home. Pella window experts can work with you to find which type of windows might be best for boosting energy efficiency, and therefore best for improving your monthly bills, by considering such things as weather changes in Mankato.
- You discover condensation between the panes of your window
While indoor condensation may not disturb you that much, it could result in window damage. Finding condensation isn’t always a negative thing; in many instances it means the windows are functioning properly. However, condensation captured between the panes of glass can be a sign of an issue. This concern can be easily avoided or fixed with proper window replacement.
- Your house is experiencing a makeover
A home makeover is a great time to replace your windows—when so many other parts of your home are getting a new look, why not add in your windows? If you are planning a home makeover, it is possible that your home and windows are older, and you will want your windows to mirror the new look of your updated home. If you are replacing your windows with larger panes of glass, they can add more light to your room. According to Architectural Lighting, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort. Pella of Mankato has a wide selection of window styles to consider and can help make sure that your replacement windows match your home’s new design.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—use these signs to help decide if your home will benefit from replacement windows today. If any of these warnings stands out to you, give Pella of Mankato a call at 507-625-6933 or stop by our showroom. You can also schedule an appointment online for a free, in-home consultation.