How Do You Know When Its Time to Replace Windows?
If well upkept, premium windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your house, they will ultimately require replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Casper is subject to several aspects. The top ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Casper and how often you open your windows can also impact how soon they’ll need to be replaced.
Let’s discuss a couple of the signals that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your House Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most cost-effective model, they’re especially inefficient. If you upgrade from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on heating and cooling prices every year, depending on where your home is.* Those savings can really accumulate over the life expectancy of your new windows.
In addition to helping save on energy expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable during severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your loved ones comfy and helping you pay less on utility expenses is important to us at Pella of Casper.
That’s why we have a complete range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, including insulated windows. You can upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to limit heat transfer. Several of our windows have earned designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve achieved strict energy rules.
And our select options only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can shield your belongings by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you select.
One more drawback of single-pane windows is that they don’t stop outdoor noise very well. If your house is in in a busy place, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows deliver an unbeatable mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Creating Comfort Troubles
When your windows are wearing out, they can result in more serious problems than making you feel overly hot or cold. They can also affect your heating and cooling expenses, since the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary family spending $2,060 each year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are several steps you can take to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, such as:
- Installing weatherstrip
- Sealing air leaks
- Installing energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
Nevertheless, if you’re noticing major airflow even when your windows are latched, you may need to get new windows.
Your Windows are Damaged or Don’t Open Correctly
It’s not a good sign if your window frames are feeling squishy. This is a sign the frame has sustained water damage and is in the early stages of rotting, which can lead to big issues with your windows. You may experience issues opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another flag that your windows need to be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is common, like on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have likely gone out.
In either situation, you should begin planning to replace your windows in the immediate future.
At Pella of Casper, we specialize in creating custom windows that fit your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our specialists are here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us at 307-234-1518 now 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.