When Do I Need Replacement Windows?
If correctly taken care of, good windows can last a long time. But, like everything else in your house, they will ultimately need to be replaced.
When you will need replacement windows in Jackson is subject to several things. The main ones are the quality of your current windows, material type and how well they were installed. But the weather in Jackson and how frequently you open your windows can also impact how quickly they’ll require replacement.
Let’s go over a couple of 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 model, they’re especially inefficient. If you make the move from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on energy expenses every year, depending on where you live.* Those reductions can really build up over the life expectancy of your new windows.
Besides helping save on heating and cooling expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable throughout severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your family comfy and helping you save money on heating and cooling expenses is our top priority at Pella of Jackson.
That’s why we have a full range of ENERGY STAR-certified windows, like insulated windows. You can enhance your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to lower heat transfer. A number of our windows have been awarded designation as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, which means they’ve met or surpassed strict energy rules.
And our exclusive selections only available through our InsulShield® glass collection can defend your possessions by blocking up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, based on the coating you choose.
Another downside of single-pane windows is that they don’t block outdoor noise very effectively. If your home is in in a busy place, check out our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows offer 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 cause more critical problems than making you feel too hot or too cold. They can also influence your energy bills, because the Department of Energy says they lose up to 30% of your residence’s heating and cooling. With the ordinary family spending $2,060 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a sizeable chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, including:
- Using weatherstrip
- Plugging air leaks
- Getting energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
However, if you’re observing large airflow even when your windows are down, it may be time to replace your windows.
Your Windows Need Repair or Don’t Work Correctly
It’s not a great sign if your window frames seem spongy. This indicates the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which might lead to major issues with your windows. You may experience trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another symptom that your windows require replacement is condensation. Occasional condensation is common, including on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. Having said that, if you’re noticing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have potentially failed.
In either case, you should begin planning to replace your windows in the immediate future.
At Pella of Jackson, we specialize in creating custom windows that fit your house and budget. From a free, no-obligation consultation to a no-guess, no-mess installation day, our pros are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us at 307-733-0535 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.