As we enter the new year, the winter weather is likely to only get worse. For this reason, you may want to take the time now to consider whether you should have your windows replaced. New windows can help to greatly increase the comfort level in your home during the winter months, and can help to keep your heating bills down. However, you may be wondering how you will know when it is time to have your windows replaced. Fortunately, there are many signs you can be on the lookout for that can be clear indicators that it is time to have your home’s windows replaced. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for that can indicate that you may want to consider window replacement in Cleveland.
You Feel a Draft
As the temperature outside begins to drop, one of your clearest indicators that it may be time to consider replacing the windows in your home will be if you notice that your home has begun to feel drafty. Over time, windows will lose their seal as they begin to breakdown. This will cause them to not be as good of insulators as they once were, and they will likely begin to allow cold air to enter your home. The easiest way to tell if this draft is coming from your windows is to stand or sit next to your windows on a cold evening. If you feel colder when next to your windows, then they are not providing sufficient insulation to your home and will need to be replaced as soon as possible in order to ensure your comfort this winter.
Your Energy Bills are on the Rise
Another way to tell if your windows may be in need of replacement is to keep an eye on your energy bills. If your energy bills are steadily going up, or are higher than they used to be, and your rates have not gone up, then there is likely a problem in your home. While this could be a sign of an aging furnace having to work harder to heat your home, if your furnace is not old, and/or it has been recently serviced, then your rising energy bills are more likely an indicator that your windows are in need of replacement. Replacing your windows could greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency, and can thus pay for themselves in the long run by saving you on your energy bills.
You Hear Outside Noise in your Home
It is inevitable. If you have noisy neighbors, or live in a congested area, you are bound to hear some outside noise in your home. However, you should not be able to hear a great deal of noise, and you should definitely not be able to make out what people are saying clearly as if they were sitting right next to you. Hearing this amount of noise in your home means that your windows are not providing sufficient insulation. Furthermore, it is likely a sign that your windows are the old, single-pane variety, which is why they are allowing so much outside noise into your home. Either way, this noise level means your windows are not energy-efficient, and it would be in your best interests to have them replaced this winter.
Knowing the signs that your windows are in need of replacement can help you to have them replaced before the worst of winter arrives. Doing so can help to ensure the comfort of you and your family throughout the coming cold months. Contact us to learn more about the signs you can look out for that can indicate that you may want to consider window replacement in your home, as well as to find out about the benefits doing so can provide you and your family with.