While a cracked window is a clear sign that your window needs to be replaced, not all signs are so obvious. When your home’s windows are damaged, dated, or simply need an upgrade, they cause your home’s HVAC system to work overtime, thus causing your energy bills to skyrocket. However, timing is an essential factor when planning a window replacement. You want to make the most of your current windows’ life cycle, but at the same time, you don’t want to compromise the comfort of your home. This leads to the question: How do I know it’s time to replace my windows? In today’s blog, we will review several signs indicating it’s time for a window replacement.
1. Your Windows are Physically Damaged
Let’s start with the most obvious first. One of the easiest ways to tell if it’s time to replace your windows is if they see that they’re physically damaged. Damaged windows are no longer usable as they become risky. They become easier to break into and also leave your home more open to serious damages such as:
Whether it’s cracked glass or a damaged frame, if your window is damaged, it’s time for a replacement.
2. Your Windows are Drafty
Drafts are a big problem, and there are several reasons why. First of all, it means that your paid HVAC air is escaping through the windows, and the hot, humid air outside is making its way in. This means a more uncomfortable home for which you need to make your HVAC system work harder. This will result in significantly higher energy bills—which is no fun. Secondly, your home automatically becomes less eco-friendly since you need to consume more energy to be comfortable. Drafty windows actually harm the planet, and ignoring this problem only increases your carbon footprint.
3. Your Electric Bills are High Without Any Explanation
As we previously mentioned, drafts let the temperature-controlled air inside your house escape, which forces you to make your HVAC system work harder. If you’ve noticed your energy bills go up without any explanation, your windows may be to blame. As your HVAC system has to work harder to keep home’s temperature at bay, you’re unknowingly increasing your energy usage AND shortening your HVAC unit’s life cycle. Fortunately, energy-efficient windows will help lower your bills as the home will be better insulated, and your HVAC won’t have to work as hard to keep the house comfy.
4. You Notice Condensation Build-Up Between Glass Panes
Condensation on the indoor side of your window means that your windows are leaking air/and or your home is humid. Condensation on the outside of your windows simply means that it’s warmer/more humid inside rather than outside. However, if you notice condensation taking place between the panes, it’s a sign that the air-tight seal has failed and all the insulating gas has escaped. Whether there’s condensation on the inside of your home or between the panes, it’s a sign that your window needs to be replaced.
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How do I know it’s time to replace my windows? If any of these window problems sound familiar, it’s time to replace your windows with energy-efficient ones! All American Window & Door has a wide variety of energy-efficient window styles to fit every home style! If you’re ready to replace your windows, give us a call at (760) 214-9851, or click here to contact us today!