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Thinking about replacement windows? Think about this; On a sunny day, maybe you stop and realize that your windows could use a quick once-over with Windex. Other than the occasional streak, most of us don’t give much thought to our windows. They’re there and they serve their purpose, so there isn’t much reason to worry — that is, until they stop working well. If you have older windows, they may be nearing the end of their lifespan. Here are five signs it may be time for some replacement windows.
Your Energy Bills Are High
You can generally expect a bit of seasonal fluctuation when it comes to your monthly utility bills, especially when the summer heat hits Sacramento. However, if your utility bills are consistently high, your old windows may be at fault. The windows and their housing do more than just keep the weather out, they also help insulate your home. Even if they look like they’re in decent shape, older windows can leak a lot of air and make your home’s heating and cooling system work harder. Replacement windows will seal up the gaps to stop the energy waste. In addition, most modern windows are double- or triple-paned and filled with an inert gas to provide further insulation.
They Don’t Lift
Unless they have been sealed shut, your windows should raise and lower easily. If they don’t open, don’t close all the way, or you have to really shove to get movement, it may be time to consider replacement windows. If your windows don’t close all the way, you are not only wasting money on your utilities, but you’re also issuing an invitation to industrious thieves.
You Can Hear The Neighbors
If you can clearly hear what your next door neighbors are talking about over dinner, it’s probably time to look into replacement windows — and they should too! Just as your windows should help insulate your home, they should also provide decent soundproofing. If you can hear a lot of sounds from outside, it’s time to upgrade to windows that will let you sleep through the night.
They Don’t Get Totally Clean
Have you noticed condensation collecting between the panes? Or are there spots that won’t go away, no matter how hard you scrub? That may be due to the age of your windows. While streaky windows aren’t necessarily a problem on their own, they may be the first warning sign that your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan.
They’re Rotting, Warped, or Broken
Okay, this is a no-brainer, which is why it’s at the end of the list. If the glass is warped, the sashes are broken, or the casing is rotting, it’s definitely time for replacement windows. All of these issues can make your home look shabby and poorly maintained. More importantly, they’re all issues that invite pests into your walls — and maybe into your living areas.
If your windows are crying out for help, start with a consultation from a professional windows installer. Contact Chriswell Home Improvements, Inc. for more information on replacement windows in the Sacramento area.