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Your windows play a big part in your New Orleans home’s energy performance and comfort levels all year long. If your windows are damaged or just outdated, they can’t do these things effectively. And when that happens, it’s time to replace them.
Your windows don’t suddenly become less energy-efficient, it happens slowly over months or years. So how do you know when they’re not as energy efficient and need to be replaced?
We have ten signs to watch out for if you suspect your windows are past their prime. If one or more of these sound familiar, it’s time to look into replacement windows.
Home windows have a lifespan of 15-20 years, but there are many factors that can tie in to impact the lifespan of a window. New Orleans has a hot, humid climate pretty much year-round. This can be a factor to consider for your windows, since the sun beating down can eventually take its toll on your home. On average, once a window reaches around 15-20 years old the seals start to weaken or fail, leaving your home open to drafts and water seepage.
In addition, single-pane windows were the standard 15+ years ago. These windows lack insulation and are not as efficient as modern double-pane windows.
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Watch the video below for the top 6 signs that your windows need to be replaced and keep reading for more info:
This is probably the most obvious sign you need to replace your windows when you are a homeowner. When a window is damaged, it’s more likely to break completely, which leaves your home open to more serious damage like water seepage, mold and mildew, and pests. It also makes your home easier for intruders to break into. Getting a damaged window fixed as soon as possible will keep your family safe and help you avoid more expensive repairs in the future.
Drafts are a problem for a few reasons. First, it means that the air you’re paying to cool is seeping out and the hot, humid air outside is making its way in. A room with drafty windows will feel less comfortable than the rest of your home, and may even feel more humid.
Second, because outside air is seeping in, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at the temperature you set.
To check for drafts, close your window, lock it, and hold your hand at the bottom or top of your window sash where it meets the frame. If you feel air coming in, you have a draft.
A lot of things can cause your electric bills to skyrocket, but if you’ve noticed that your electric bills have slowly crept up, your windows might be to blame. As mentioned, drafts let the temperature-controlled air inside your house escape, which forces your HVAC system to work harder to try to keep your home at the temperature you’ve set. This drives your electric bills up and the increased workload can shorten the life of your HVAC unit. With the heat that’s a part of New Orleans life, paying more for a cooler home interior isn’t ideal.
Condensation on the inside of your window usually means your windows are leaking air and/or your home is humid. (Note: Condensation on the outside of your windows is not cause for concern. It just means that it’s warmer and more humid outside than it is inside.)
If you notice condensation between the panes of your double or triple-pane windows, it’s a sign that the air-tight seal has failed and the insulating gas has escaped. Whether it’s inside or between the panes, spotting condensation anywhere except the outside of your window is a definite sign they should be replaced. If you’re a Window World customer who is experiencing this, your windows are covered by our lifetime warranty. Just submit a warranty claim and we’ll take care of you!
If the furniture, carpet, rugs or decor that is exposed to the sunlight coming through your windows has faded, your windows probably aren’t don’t have the UV protection offered by modern windows with low-emissivity (low-E) glass. Low-E glass is treated with a microscopic film that keeps UV rays and solar heat from passing through. This prevents your furniture, carpet and curtains from fading, keeping your home cooler.
If you live near a busy intersection, train tracks or just have neighbors that like to get loud, you might think there’s nothing you can do about the noise. But there is! Modern double or triple-pane windows provide noticeable sound dampening sound thanks to the additional insulation. While it isn’t possible to block out all of the sounds coming from the outdoors, it is definitely possible to reduce the amount that comes through.
Even the best windows may have some difficulties opening and closing occasionally. However, if you have cleaned and attempted to fix this multiple times throughout the years and the windows only get worse, it may be time to look for replacement windows. A stuck window is frustrating and could lead to it remaining stuck in an open position, exposing your home to the elements.
Have you been sniffling more than usual? Depending on the time of year, allergens may be making their way into your home through ineffectively sealed windows. Even the best window seals degrade over time, but if it’s been more than 15 years since your windows were installed, it’s time to replace so you can put those tissues away.
Curb appeal can be an important part of a home for some. Whether you want to spruce up your home to modernize the look or to flip your home, replacing your windows can help with potentially increasing your curb appeal. Our windows are highly customizable, with plenty of options for colors and grid patterns to make your home unique!
No matter how much you may love your home, you never know what the future holds. Should you sell your home in the future, you’ll want to get the most value out of your property. With replacement vinyl windows installed, you stand to add an additional $13,766, on average, to your home’s total value per Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value report.
If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to trade your old windows in for new, energy-efficient ones! At Window World of New Orleans, we have a wide variety of window styles to fit every home style and budget. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free consultation!