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  • Kimberly Knight

When is it time to replace your windows?

Updated: Mar 17

It’s a big decision to replace your windows and not just because of the costs involved. New windows might also alter your living habits and lifestyle -- the change can affect the amount of light that enters your home and the overall look and feel of your house.

A likely benefit with new windows is that they may help you manage the costs of running your home. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for a significant percentage of the average home’s energy usage. With your new energy-efficient windows, you can count on a decrease in your heating and cooling costs.

The purchase of new windows can seem overwhelming to homeowners. But, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some simple questions to help you decide if the time has come to replace your windows:

  • Are your heating and cooling bills higher for no discernable reason?

  • Do you feel a consistent draft from your windows?

  • Is there a permanent fog on any panes of glass?

  • Have the window frames begun to sag or deteriorate?

“Yes” answers to any of these questions are good indications that it’s time to consider changing your windows.

Another test would be to do a quick inspection:

  • If the glass is consistently hot to the touch in the summer or cold to the touch in winter, those are signs that your windows are not very efficient.

  • Windows that don’t open or close properly are also good candidates for replacement, as are windows where the sashes don’t seal tightly at the bottom.

Other reasons to replace windows are a little less practical but no less important: Your windows are old, out of date in their style, and mismatched with your home’s exterior and interior design. A home makeover is an excellent time to buy new windows and freshen your home’s curb appeal.

If all indications suggest it’s time to replace your windows, you might wonder if contractors work in extreme extreme weather conditions.

The answer is generally, yes with the help of a qualified installer with the expertise and integrity matched for the job. An experienced window installer will:

  • Protect the area where the work will be done--cover furnishings and the floor

  • Keep the cold air from reaching other areas of your home as much as possible

  • Use the appropriate caulk for the weather conditions

In sum, let your windows be your guide when it comes to buying replacements. If they’re drafty, inefficient or just plain outdated for your home, any time can be the right time for replacing windows.

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