We have spent an unprecedented time indoors due to the pandemic and soaring temps. With this increased time inside, we also had an increase in extra time on our hands to spot the warning signs within our home. As temps continue to drop as we inch closer to fall, we are spending even more time indoors – and even more time noticing home improvement projects we’d like to take on next.
Replacing your windows may not be at the top of your list. It may not even be on your list at all! But one this is for certain — no one wants to feel a hot haze or a cold breeze as they walk by a closed window, nor do they want to see a spike in their energy bills. If you are experiencing drafts or a higher energy bill, replacing your windows might need to be your next home improvement project. There are other indicators that it’s time for a window upgrade. We’ve compiled a list of the 4 signs it’s time to replace your windows to help you decide.
You feel cold drafts
As windows age, normal deterioration causes the frames, sashes, and seals to loosen, allowing a significant amount of outdoor air to penetrate your home without resistance. Especially with older homes, old-fashioned windows were not equipped with the weather protection featured in windows today.
Your energy bills are high
Not only is it uncomfortable to have drafts of cold or hot air throughout your home, but it causes your air conditioning system to work overtime. In turn, your energy bills can skyrocket and your furnace is at risk of prematurely going out because of the strain.
You are constantly bothered by outside noise
Older windows with outdated glass and deteriorating seals can allow for an excess of outside noise into your home. If you are constantly bothered by the sound of cars driving down your street, airplanes, barking dogs, or noisy neighbors, it may be time to upgrade your windows. Newer windows feature noise-reducing properties, like dual-insulated glass.
They don’t open or close correctly
Rust or rot can prevent windows from opening or closing all the way. Deterioration in the spring system can also lead to “dropping windows,” which happens when your window slides down after you raise it. Not only is this annoying, but it is a safety hazard to families with young children.
If you are experiencing one or more of these issues with the windows in your home, it may be time to consider replacing them. Still not sure? We offer free inspections & estimates, so you can make the most informed decision for your family. Contact us today!