Three Signs You Need Window Replacement Before Winter
As holiday decorations start popping up in front yards across Iowa, it’s only a logical next step that homeowners will begin to think about colder weather—namely, how to keep their family and loved ones warm while indoors. While a good siding contractor or a roof replacement job will certainly help if you need them, one key fact of your home exterior that influences indoor temperatures frequently gets ignored: your windows.
Haggerty Windows & Siding, your Urbandale providers of replacement windows and doors, is here with some critical pre-winter info on if you need new windows below. Knowing the signs will help keep your interior cozy no matter what goes on outside.
Condensation Means Replacement Windows (Sometimes)
Condensation is a complicated window topic. Sometimes, it can mean that your windows are doing their jobs, stopping your home’s warm, moisture-heavy air from getting outside, resulting in condensation on the panes. Other times, however, it can be the sign of a broken seal that’s letting cold air in—so how can you tell the difference?
The key is location. Condensation inside your home during the winter might point to ventilation issues elsewhere, but if that condensation is located between the panes, it’s a sign that a seal is broken and you’ll need replacement. While caulk may fix the issue in the short term, it’s only prolonging the inevitable.
Your Energy Bills Have Been High
Replacement windows won’t fix a furnace that needs repairs, but they can improve your home’s ability to insulate itself. Generally, windows with more panes tend to have better R values—better abilities to insulate a space, in other words. Making sure your windows are energy efficient when it comes to heat retention won’t just keep your home cozier; it’ll save you money in the long run, too!
Your Frames Have Been Damaged
Whether it’s due to age-related wear-and-tear or even water damage, ailing frames usually mean it’s time for a replacement. They reduce your window’s ability to keep drafts and moisture out, pushing up your energy bills. They also can provide an ideal location for mold to begin growing—and trust the bathroom remodeling pros: we’ve seen a lot of mold in our time, and it’s not a problem you want to start.
Haggerty Windows & Siding: Your All-Around Exterior Experts
We’re here to help you get your home ready for the harsh weather ahead. Give our Urbandale office a call today at 515-953-6999.