7 Signs To Tell You When To Replace Windows
The biggest problem with window replacement jobs is that most homeowners wait until it's too late. They might have already paid thousands of dollars for excess energy costs that they didn't need to.Instead of waiting until it's too late, go through these simple signs and find out if you need help replacing your windows now.
- Cracked window frame/pane
- Fogged Glass
- Sticking While Opening
- Your Home Feels "Drafty"
- Too Hot/Cold In Your Home
- Frame feels soft
- 10+ Year Old Window
1. Cracked window frame/pane
The most obvious sign of a needed window replacement on a house. A cracked frame or pane not only looks bad, but decreases the efficiency of:
- Insulation (Radiant barrier or otherwise)
- Heating and Air Conditioning
Cracked windows can also let in insects and small vermin (if the crack is large enough).
2. Fogged Glass
This only happens in double-paned windows. The fog is usually condensation trapped between the panes and indicates a hole or opening in the window that you cannot see.Fogged glass also means that your double pane windows could be leaking a special gas that helps improve the efficiency of your window. Without the material, your double pane windows will lose their insulating capabilities, increasing your bill.
3. Sticking While Opening
Repeated openings of your window create small grooves and divots. Over time, the openings put more stress on the window and could crack the frames, causing it to stick.
4. Your Home Feels "Drafty"
You should not feel air inside your home except for whatever is coming in through the vents. If your home seems like there are ebbs and flows that sync up to the outside wind, you may need a new window install.
5. Too Hot/Cold In Your Home
Up to 41% of all home costs for homeowners go towards cooling or heating a home. If you are exceeding that regularly but are still not satisfied with the results, you could have bad windows. Don't pay more for less efficient windows.
6. Frame feels soft
Excess moisture can make a wood windowsill begin to rot on a house. If you touch your windowsill and it is not rigid, then you may need to replace not only the window but remove the entire wood of the frame on the exterior. Glass doesn't need to be cracked for a replacement or install on windows, so measure the side of the trim before getting new materials before replacing and installing new windows.
7. 10+ Year Old Windows
Window technology has improved drastically since the beginning of the century. If you have existing windows older than 10 years, then look for more efficient options that leave you paying less on your bills.An older window may lack certain technology which repels heat and excess sunlight. If you are interested in saving money on the bill of your house, investigate new window options by contacting the window replacement and installation team at Green Energy of San Antonio.