Replacement windows can sometimes represent a significant investment, yet the new windows can not only modernize your home and contribute to a higher equity value, but they can also help make your home far more efficient. If you aren't sure if you're ready for replacement windows, here are some ways to tell that you are long overdue for an upgrade.
1. Multiple Drafts
A drafty window can decimate the efficiency of air conditioners and heaters alike. While it is very easy to locate a strong draft by the air flow, small drafts are much harder, and sometimes impossible to detect. These small drafts and window leaks can slowly, but surely, lead to inefficiency in your home.
Take a small candle and carefully either place or hold the candle near the window. Make sure all fans, heaters and air conditioners (anything that could stir the air) is turned off. Hold the candle very still and watch the flame. If the flame dances and moves near the window, it means there is a draft. If you have many drafts on many windows, it's time to get new windows.
2. Windows Are Single Pane
While single pane windows can be very decorative, they are also very inefficient. They do not create an effective barrier between the interior and exterior of your home. They cannot block as much noise and allow more condensation inside the window. If you have single pane windows, you may want to consider upgrading to multi-pane windows.
Double and triple pane windows can be more expensive to replace than single pane, but they offer a tremendously strong barrier against outside and can eventually lower your utility bills by increasing the efficiency within your home.
You can often help decide between costs in new windows by determining how long you plan to be living in your home.
3. Overall Dysfunction
If your windows get stuck, have to be propped up, don't open without a fight, have outdated and stubborn locks and quite simply are a chore to work with, you really do need to consider replacing them with more efficient and safe windows. A dysfunctional window is not just annoying, it can also be dangerous in some instances, particularly when there are children in the home.
Windows are meant to help bring light inside without letting in heat or cold. A window upgrade can be a fantastic investment in efficiency, equity and curb appeal.