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Your windows play a big part in your home’s energy performance and comfort levels. If your windows are damaged or outdated, they can’t do these things effectively. And when that happens, it’s time to replace them.
Your windows don’t suddenly become less energy-efficient. It happens slowly over months or years. So how do you know when they’re not as energy-efficient and need to be replaced?
We have 10 things to look out for if you suspect your windows are past their prime. If one or more of these sound familiar, it’s time to look into replacement windows.
Traditionally home windows have a lifespan of around 15-20 years on average. At this age, the seals start to weaken or even fail, which leaves you open to drafts and water seepage. Further issues may show up sooner or later depending on the extent of the damage.
Also, single-pane windows were the standard 15+ years ago. These windows lack insulation and are not as energy efficient as modern double-pane windows.
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Watch the video below for the top 6 signs that your windows need to be replaced and keep reading for more info:
This is a clear sign of a window that needs to be replaced. A cracked or damaged window can lead to a larger problem if it isn’t taken care of quickly. Broken windows leave your home open to more serious damage like water seepage, mold, mildew and pests. It also makes your home easier for intruders to break into. Getting a damaged window fixed as soon as possible will keep your family safe and help you avoid more expensive repairs in the future.
Drafts are a problem for a few reasons. First, it means that the air you’re paying to cool is seeping out and the hot, humid air outside is making its way in. A room with drafty windows will feel less comfortable than the rest of your home and may even feel more humid.
Second, since outside air is seeping in, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at the temperature you set.
To check for drafts, close your window, lock it and hold your hand at the bottom or top of your window sash where it meets the frame. If you feel air coming in, you have a draft.
While an electric bill may not appear to have a connection to your windows, they are more closely related than you may think. As mentioned earlier, a drafty window or cracks can affect the way your home stays cool. Since your air conditioning unit is set to a certain temperature, any window inefficiencies or damage can cause the temperature indoors to fluctuate. This leads to your AC unit needing to work harder to maintain a constant temperature.
If your electricity bill is fluctuating or increasing out of the ordinary, it may be due to your windows. We recommend checking them just in case.
Condensation on the inside of your window usually means your windows are leaking air and/or your home is humid. (Note: Condensation on the outside of your windows is not cause for concern. It just means that it’s warmer and more humid outside than it is inside.)
If you notice condensation between the panes of your double or triple-pane windows, it’s a sign that the air-tight seal has failed and the insulating gas has escaped. Whether it’s inside or between the panes, spotting condensation anywhere except the outside of your window is a definite sign they should be replaced. If you’re a Window World customer who is experiencing this, your windows are covered by our lifetime warranty. Just submit a warranty claim and we’ll take care of you!
If the furniture, carpet or decor that is exposed to the sunlight coming through your windows has faded, your windows probably aren’t don’t have the UV protection offered by modern windows with low-emissivity (low-E) glass. Low-E glass is treated with a microscopic film that keeps UV rays and solar heat from passing through. This prevents your furniture, carpet and curtains from fading, and helps keep your home cooler.
If you live near a busy intersection, train tracks or just have neighbors that like to get loud, you might think there’s nothing you can do about the noise. But there is! Modern double or triple-pane windows provide noticeable sound dampening thanks to the additional insulation they have in comparison to older single-pane windows.
Every window can have a hard time opening and closing throughout its lifespan. However, if you have cleaned and attempted to fix this multiple times throughout the years and the windows only get worse, it may be time to look for replacement windows. A stuck window is frustrating and could lead to it remaining stuck in an open position, exposing your home to the elements.
Notice you’ve been sniffling or dealing with watery eyes more than usual? Depending on the time of year, allergens may be making their way into your home through ineffectively sealed windows. If it’s been more than 15 years since your windows were installed, it’s time to replace so you can put those tissues away.
Curb appeal can be an important part of a home for some. Whether you want to spruce up your home to modernize the look or to flip your home, replacing your windows can help with potentially increasing your curb appeal. Our windows are highly customizable, with plenty of available options to make your home unique!
No matter how much you may love your home, you never know what the future holds. Should you sell your home in the future, you’ll want to get the most value out of your property. With replacement vinyl windows installed, you stand to add an additional $13,766, on average, to your home’s total value per Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report.
If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to trade your old windows in for new, energy-efficient ones! At Window World of Lafayette, we have a wide variety of window styles to fit every home style and budget. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free consultation!