How Do You Know When Youre Due to Replace Windows?
If correctly upkept, quality windows can last for many years. But, like everything else in your house, they will sometime need replacement.
When you will need replacement windows in Ketchum depends on a couple of things. The top ones are the quality of your present windows, material type and how well they were placed. But the weather in Ketchum and how frequently you open your windows can also impact when they’ll require replacement.
Let’s review a few the signals that it’s time to replace your windows.
Your Home Has Single-Pane Windows
While single-pane windows are the most cost-effective option, they’re infamously inefficient. If you move up from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on energy costs every year, depending on where you’re located.* Those decreases can really build up over the life expectancy of your updated windows.
As well as helping you pay less on energy bills, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable throughout extreme winter and summer conditions. Keeping your family comfortable and helping you pay less on utility costs is important to us at Pella of Ketchum.
That’s why we offer a complete range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, such as insulated windows. You can enhance your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to reduce heat transfer. Some of our windows have achieved designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed strict energy rules.
And our select choices only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can protect your belongings by stopping up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you choose.
One more disadvantage of single-pane windows is that they don’t muffle outdoor noise very efficiently. If your home is in in a busy area, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows provide an unsurpassed mixture of energy efficiency, sound control and value.**
Your Windows are Causing Comfort Troubles
When your windows are at the end of their life span, they can result in more critical problems than making you feel overly hot or cold. They can also impact your utility expenses, as the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your house’s heating and cooling. With the typical household spending $2,060 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are several things you can do to increase your windows’ energy efficiency, like:
- Adding weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Buying energy-efficient window treatments, like honeycomb shades
Nevertheless, if you’re observing big drafts even when your windows are down, you may be due to buy new windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Function Correctly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames are feeling squishy. This is a sign the frame has received water damage and is in the early stages of rotting, which could result in huge issues with your windows. You may run into trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is the case.
Another symptom that your windows should be replaced is condensation. Intermittent condensation is common, like on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. However, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially broken.
In either situation, you should start preparing to replace your windows in the immediate future.
At Pella of Ketchum, we specialize in manufacturing custom windows that fit your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our professionals are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 208-726-0060 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.