If your windows are functioning abnormally, it may be time to invest in a particular home improvement project: replacement windows. It can be hard to distinguish the easy fixes from the major issues and like most home improvement projects, you don’t want to embark on a full-fledged project if, in fact, it’s an easy fix. Here are 7 telltale signs that communicate it’s definitely time to install replacement windows in your Houston home.
Sign #1: You Swear You Feel a Draft
If you feel a slight shift in the wind every time you are near a window, your window could be causing a draft. There is a way to see if this is the case that doesn’t involve relying on the wind detection of your finger. If you want to be certain that your window is causing a draft in the room, take a candle or burn an incense stick and move it around each corner of the window.
If the flame flickers or the smoke moves, this is an indicator that your window is indeed causing a draft and it is time to look for a replacement.
Sign #2: You Notice that Your Heating & Cooling Bills Correspond to the Outdoor Temperature
Your windows should be keeping the cool air in and the hot air out during the summer, no matter how hot Houston gets. Conversely, your windows should be keeping the warm air in and the cold air out during the winter.
If you keep cranking up the cool air in the summer and cranking up the warm air in the winter (or just turning it off completely), your likely noticing this on your heating and cooling bills. This habit can be a big indicator that your Houston home is in need of replacement windows to save you those big heating and cooling bills.
Sign #3: Opening or Closing the Window is a Struggle
A window should not require a lot of effort to open. If you have to apply more pressure or force than what’s normal to use while attempting to make a window perform its most basic functions (such as undoing the latch or sliding the window up and down) it’s time to invest in a window replacement installation.
Sign #5: Your Windows Leak
You could experience a leaking window for one of 2 reasons:
- Your window could have a failed seal.
- Your windows were poorly installed.
While a leaking window might seem easily repairable initially, it’s more cost effective to invest in replacement windows for your home. The leaking window is merely an indicator that something is not right with the window installation in general. Not only do you save money in the long-run by investing in a replacement window, but you eliminate the risk of experiencing the same issue again.
Sign #6: You Hear More than You Should
If your window is properly installed, you should notice a difference between what you hear when your window is open versus what you hear when the window is closed. If the difference between the two is subtle, it’s replacement window season.
Energy efficient replacement windows, in particular, are really good at blocking out the outdoor noise. Keep the sound of passing cars outdoors and invest in a replacement window that will give you some peace and quiet.
Sign #7: They Aren’t Aesthetically Pleasing
Windows can add or take away from the curb appeal of your home. Good curb appeal amplifies your property value. If your windows are showing signs of visible damage, get foggy in between panes, or simply just don’t appear to match the theme of the home, you know what time it is. Replacement windows are your best bet.
If any of these signs replicate the traits your windows have, seek a replacement window company that has your back.
Visit AWP Windows in Houston to find the perfect window replacement for your home. AWP provides a variety of energy efficient replacement windows and vinyl replacement windows perfect for any Houston home, installed by professional installers with over 20 years of experience. Contact us today for a free estimate!