When Do I Need Replacement Windows?
If well upkept, premium 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 most important ones are the quality of your present 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 need 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 solution, they’re especially inefficient. If you move up from single- to double-pane windows, ENERGY STAR® says you could save an average of $236–$366 on utility expenses annually, depending on where you live.* Those decreases can really accumulate over the life span of your new windows.
Besides helping save on heating and cooling expenses, ENERGY STAR says its certified windows can help keep you more comfortable through severe winter and summer conditions. Keeping your family cozy and helping you save money on heating and cooling prices 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 upgrade your energy-efficient windows with argon gas to limit 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 select 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 efficiently. If your house is in in a busy area, think about our Lifestyle Series. These wood windows offer a matchless 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 major 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 house’s heating and cooling. With the typical family spending $2,060 every year on heating and cooling costs, that’s a large chunk of change.
There are some things you can do to make your windows more energy efficient, including:
- Installing weatherstrip
- Closing air leaks
- Getting energy-efficient window treatments, such as honeycomb shades
However, if you’re observing big 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 positive sign if your window frames appear spongy. This is a sign the frame has been subject to water damage and is starting to rot, which might lead to major issues with your windows. You could run into trouble opening, closing and locking your windows if this is going on.
Another symptom that your windows should be replaced is condensation. Occasional condensation is expected, such as on the exterior from dew or on the interior from humidity. At the same time, if you’re observing condensation between panes of glass, the seals have probably failed.
In either case, you should get started 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.