Your windows and siding significantly influence your home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels. Your windows won’t be able to do these things well if they are broken or simply old. When that occurs, it’s time to swap them out.
Your windows’ decreased energy efficiency happens gradually over months or years, not all at once. So how do you know when they need to be replaced because they are no longer as energy-efficient?
If you think your windows are past their prime, here are some signs to watch out for. If any of these apply to you, it may be time to consider replacement windows.
For several reasons, drafts are problematic. It first implies that the air you are paying to cool is escaping, and the hot, humid air outside is entering. A room with drafty windows will seem cooler and possibly even more humid than the rest of your house.
To maintain the temperature you set for your home, your HVAC system must work harder due to the leaking outside air.
Close your window, lock it, and place your hand where the window sash meets the window frame at either the bottom or top to feel for drafts. There is a draft if you feel the air entering the room.
This is likely the most evident indication that your windows need to be replaced. Damaged windows are more likely to break completely, leaving your house vulnerable to more significant problems like water seepage, mold and mildew, and vermin. Additionally, it makes it simpler for burglars to enter your house. A broken window should be repaired as quickly as possible to keep your family safe and prevent more costly future repairs.
Unexplainable increase in electricity bills
Many factors might cause your electric bills to soar, but if you’ve observed that they’ve been rising gradually, your windows and siding may be to blame. As we previously discussed, drafts cause the heated or cooled air within your home to escape, which makes your HVAC system work harder to maintain the desired temperature. As a result of the increased workload, your HVAC system’s lifespan may be shortened, increasing your utility expenses. Your monthly bills will go down, and your air conditioner won’t have to work any harder by replacing your old windows with new, energy-efficient ones.
Condensation on the inside of your windows and siding
The presence of condensation within your windows typically indicates that your windows are leaking air or that your house is humid. Condensation between the panes indicates that the air-tight seal has failed and the insulating gas has leaked.
It’s time to switch out your outdated, inefficient windows if any of these apply to you.