Replacing your windows is one of the best investments you can make for your home. Not only does it improve your home’s appearance and value, but newer, energy-efficient windows can also reduce your energy costs.
That said, replacing your home’s windows can be a significant investment. For this reason, you want to make the most of your current windows’ life cycle and avoid replacing them until they no longer function properly or begin to compromise your quality of life.
So how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows?
Learning to spot the signs of window failure will help ensure you replace them at the most appropriate time. Here are four key signs it’s time to consider a window replacement.
Your Windows Are Single Pane
Single pane windows used to be the norm, so it’s not uncommon to still have a few (or more) single pane windows throughout your home. The problem with single pane windows is that they are more likely to emit drafts and air leaks, reducing the comfort of your home and increasing your utility bills.
Upgrading your old single panes to double or triple pane windows can make a big difference in your home’s comfort level and potentially save you a significant amount of money on your energy costs.
Your Windows Are Drafty, Damaged or Warped
If you are having trouble opening or closing your windows, or you regularly have cold drafts throughout your home (even when your windows and doors are all closed) it might be time to replace your windows.
Cold drafts can be caused by cracks in the window glass or frame or by poor-fitting or improperly installed windows. Windows can get stuck or jammed when trying to open or close them due to paint buildup on the frame or the formation of rust, rot, or mold.
If your windows only need new weatherstripping or hardware, they may be able to be repaired. But if they have worse issues — such as damaged, warped, or broken window glass, sashes, or frames — a replacement is in order.
Your Windows Routinely Collect Condensation
As your windows age, you may begin to notice “sweat” or fog on them. This condensation can be caused by a few factors, including:
- Humidity or moisture problems in your home
- A poor seal or air leak
- Lack of insulation (such as with single pane windows)
Condensation, when left unchecked, can become a big problem: it can lead to mold, mildew, or rot in your window frames. If you notice condensation regularly building up on one or more of your windows, it’s time to think about a replacement.
Your Utility Bills Are Increasing
Leaky, drafty windows cause your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. This can mean increased wear and tear on your HVAC system as well as higher utility bills.
According to energy.gov, “heat gain and loss through windows are responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.” Replacing old drafty windows with newer, more energy-efficient ones can help bring down your heating and cooling costs and extend the life of your HVAC system.
Trust Hoyt Exteriors For Your Next Window Replacement
When it’s time to replace your windows, be sure to hire a credible, reliable, and experienced company. For two generations, our clients have trusted their window installations to the team of professionals here at Hoyt Exteriors…and you can too.
At Hoyt Exteriors, we carry a wide variety of windows to fit any home’s style, needs, and budget. Our installers are not only highly trained and certified in safe procedures and proper window installation techniques, but they can also help you match your home’s interior with the ideal window option.
Schedule an appointment with Hoyt Exteriors when you’re ready to discuss options for your next window replacement. We look forward to working with you!