“Is it drafty in here? Or is it just me?”
“Golly, it’s hot in here! Is the air conditioner on?”
Do you find your house guests asking these questions often? If so, it may be time to replace your windows. Knowing when to replace windows is not only vital to living comfortably throughout the seasons, but also improving energy efficiency. And the better the window, the less you spend on energy bills!
Milwaukee natives are quite familiar with winter weather. In the Whitefish Bay area, we also have the pleasure of enjoying summers on the water. Our windows, however, may age faster than our non-lakeside counterparts. Here are four signs your windows need attention.
When to Replace Windows
1. Mold and Condensation
Mold and condensation are both telltale signs that it’s time replace your windows.
Condensation (window fog) occurs when your windows aren’t properly sealed from the outside world. When seals aren’t in tip-top shape, they allow air from outside to seep into your home. Single-paned windows and older windows are most vulnerable to seal leakage.
Notice any spotting in your home near or on your windows? It’s likely mold. Seeing mold is a sign that moisture is consistently present and that your windows may not be doing their job.
It’s important to note that certain molds pose health risks too. Some types can result in wheezing, coughing, and upper respiratory infections in otherwise healthy people, and mold can be especially dangerous for asthmatics.
2. High Energy Bills
High energy bills getting you down? Leaky seals and older windows may be to blame!
One cause of higher energy bills is your heating and cooling system ramping up its efforts to maintain temperature. In fact, losing and gaining heat is responsible for 25% to 30% of the cooling and energy usage in most homes.
Compare your energy bills from this month last year to this year. Notice an upward trend? This increase may be signaling that it’s time to replace your windows.
3. Visibly Damaged or Broken
Damaged or broken windows are not pleasing to look at, and they can also be dangerous. Emergency situations happen, and using a window to exit your home could mean life or death.
If your home’s windows do not open easily, if they are warped or rotted, or if they are painted over, then it’s time to replace and/or repair them. You’ll not only feel safer, but you’ll also be happy about your home’s improved looks.
4. Window Glass Temperature
Windows that are hot or cool to the touch need replacement. This is due to your windows allowing outside weather inside. Single-paned windows could also be to blame. Double and triple pane windows improve insulation, but they also become less effective over time.
Getting windows that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR codes required for our area will regulate glass temperature. They will also improve condensation resistance, prevent energy loss and gain, and improve visibility.
Is it Time for New Windows?
Ready to make your home comfortable again? Now that you know when to replace windows, it’s time to find a reputable company to help!