Windows Screaming for Attention? 3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Them

window shuttersMost homeowners underestimate the impact of windows on architecture. While their purpose is to provide natural light, ventilation, and privacy, they dramatically contribute to the character of your house.

Owning a home means giving constant attention to things that protect its structure. While most people want to believe that windows last forever, that’s not the case. The first thing homeowners need to understand is that every element of a house will eventually need replacement. The key is to know when is the right time to do so.

It’s foggy year-round

Perhaps when you look outside, your windows look permanently cloudy and dirty looking. This is a sign that the glass in your windows is not good anymore. Replace them immediately to have a clear view outdoors. Don’t forget to look at the frames. If you spend too much time scraping paint and repainting, consider low-maintenance windows like aluminium shutters. Replacing multiple windows will cost you less, than replacing just one or two.

You feel drafts

Windows wear out every time and let more air in. If there are drafts coming in, it’s time to consider replacing windows. Note that noticeable drafts indicate an air leak. Windows should be airtight, preventing leakage in or out of a room.

Sky-high energy bills

If your bills are soaring, it’s likely that you have furnace or old windows that are not energy efficient. During the summer time, your windows may let in heat through small cracks. This will overwork your air conditioning unit that causes large energy bills. You can reduce heat gain and loss by installing window shutters. Properly designed shutters can provide the best window insulation system. Other than saving energy, shutters can be aesthetic additions to your home.

It easy to know when it’s time to replace your windows, if you know what to look for. You may not think about them much, but windows are an important part of your home.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.