How Do You Figure Out When Its Time to Replace Windows?
If correctly maintained, good windows can last for decades. But, like everything else in your home, they will ultimately need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Cheyenne is contingent upon several aspects. The most important ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were put in. But the weather in Cheyenne and how often you open your windows can also influence how soon they’ll require replacement.
Let’s review some of the indicators that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your Home Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most economical model, they’re infamously inefficient. If you upgrade from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility expenses each year, depending on where you live.* Those reductions can really add up over the lifetime of your new windows.
In addition to helping you spend less on energy costs, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable through intense winter and summer conditions. Keeping your loved ones comfy and helping you pay less on energy prices is important to us at Pella of Cheyenne.
That’s why we have a comprehensive range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can customize your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to limit heat transfer. Some of our windows have earned designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed thorough energy requirements.
And our exclusive options only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your possessions by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, contingent upon the coating you pick.
An additional downside of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very effectively. If you live in a busy area, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver a matchless blend of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Problems
When your windows need to be replaced, they can result in more serious problems than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also influence your utility expenses, because the Department of Energy says they discharge up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling. With the average family spending $2,060 annually on heating and cooling costs, that’s a big chunk of change.
There are a few steps you can take to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Buying energy-efficient window treatments, including honeycomb shades
Having said that, if you’re noticing major breezes even when your windows are down, you may need to get new windows.
Your Windows are Broken or Don’t Function Correctly
It’s not a positive sign if your window frames are feeling mushy. This indicates the frame has been subject to water damage and is beginning to rot, which might lead to huge issues with your windows. You might run into issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the problem.
Another flag that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is expected, like on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially broken.
In either case, you should begin prepping to replace your windows soon.
At Pella of Cheyenne, we specialize in creating custom windows that work with your home and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us at 307-632-6373 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.