Window issues can arise no matter how new your home is. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your windows but you’re not entirely sure it’s necessary, take a look at these 7 warning signs to watch out for.
High energy bills
If your HVAC system is working much harder than it needs to in order to compensate for old, leaky windows that are letting too much outside air in (and vice-versa), that can lead to sky-high electric bills. Ask your neighbors what their utility bills typically are if you’re unsure whether you’re paying too much. Another warning sign: Your bill is significantly higher than it was this time last year, or even last month.
You can barely see out of them
Windows are supposed to let you see outside, and if that’s not the case, it can be lowering the value of your home, not to mention negatively affecting your home’s curb appeal. Even if you don’t live next to the beach or a few miles from a majestic mountain, you still want to be able to see outside. Condensation, fading, and discoloration call all affect your view in a seriously bad way.
They won’t stay open or can’t be opened/closed without a struggle
If you wind up getting into a wrestling match every time you go to open a window, or if they won’t stay put, you’re missing out on enjoying that cool breeze and those sweet energy savings. Same goes for improperly-closing windows. If they can’t be totally closed, outside air will find its way in. It’s also a safety issue if you’re having to worry about your windows slamming shut on someone, or whether a burglar will be able to waltz in while you’re away.
Critters are using your windows as their own private entrance to your home
Broken or misaligned windows can leave gaps big enough for mice, rats, and who-knows-what-else to fit through and make your house their home.
This one’s hard to miss: If your wooden windows are rotting, it’s time for them to be replaced, preferably as soon as possible. Wood rot not only looks bad, but it can keep your windows from opening and closing properly. It can also make your central air conditioner unit and heater work overtime if there are gaps or cracks that let outside air in.
They look outdated
One of the best ways to instantly update your home? Window replacement. If the design of your current windows doesn’t really complement the rest of your home, or if they just plain look like a bad ’70s artifact, putting in new windows can make a huge difference both aesthetically — and with your carbon footprint if you go with energy-efficient windows. A lower energy bill and improved curb appeal are two things new windows can bring to your home.
You can’t get a good night’s sleep
Street noise and loud neighbors can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, or just from being able to relax comfortably in your own home. If your current windows dampen sound about as well as Saran Wrap, replace your single-pane windows—their improved design means they’re better at reducing noise from the outside.
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