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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 If your windows are damaged or just outdated, they can’t do these things effectively.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 need to be replaced?
We have eight warning signs to look out for if you suspect your windows are past their prime. If one or more of these sound familiar, it may be time to look into getting replacement windows.
Home windows have a lifespan of 15-20 years on average. Once they reach this age, the seals start to weaken or fail, which leaves you open to drafts and water seepage.
In addition, 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 signs that your windows need to be replaced and keep reading for more info.
This is probably the most obvious sign you need to replace your windows since there are physical indicators. When a window is damaged, it’s more likely to break completely, which leaves your home open to more serious damage like water seepage, mold and 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. Fixing them sooner rather than later should also be the case if you have older windows that may only be single-paned.
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, because the 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. Getting your windows replaced can help seal the drafty windows and potentially help with reducing energy costs for your home.
Another sign that your windows may be due for an upgrade is when they become difficult to operate. Sometimes a window may simply need to have the sides cleaned but other times it is likely due to the age. Operating a window should be quick and easy. Modern replacement windows like double-hung windows can easily be opened and closed because of their structure. If your windows are locking up or having a harder time than a normal window should, it may be time to upgrade.
A lot of things can cause your electric bills to skyrocket, but if you’ve noticed that your electric bills have slowly crept up, your windows might be to blame. Like we mentioned, drafts let the temperature-controlled air inside your house escape, which forces your HVAC system to work harder to try to keep your home at the temperature you’ve set. This drives your electric bills up and the increased workload can shorten the life of your HVAC unit. Replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones helps lower your monthly bills and makes sure your air conditioner doesn’t need to work harder than necessary.
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, rugs 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 to 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. While you can’t completely soundproof a window, replacing older windows can help to reduce the overall amount of noise you hear indoors.
Windows are often one of the first things a person will notice about a home. Whether you are looking to replace your windows to up the curb appeal of your home, increase the value of your property or simply wish to modernize the style, replacing older windows can be a great upgrade. Our windows are highly customizable, with plenty of options for colors and grid patterns to make your home unique!
Notice you’ve been sniffling or have watery eyes more than usual? Depending on the time of year, allergens may be making their way into your home through ineffectively sealed windows. Even the best of window seals degrade over time, but 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.
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 Dallas-Fort Worth, 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!