Some homeowners tend to postpone home improvement projects such as window replacement. While doing so can ‘save’ you from spending on home improvements for the moment, it can also drive up indirect costs, by driving up electricity bills and decreasing home value.
If you’re doubtful about being able to further postpone window replacement, look out for these signs.
- The windows are damaged beyond repair – A severely damaged window — one with shattered glass or a frame that’s bent out of shape — should definitely be replaced as soon as possible. If not, expect higher energy bills.
- They don’t function properly – If the window won’t open or shut properly, or if the locking mechanisms have started to fail, then get it replaced.
- You have high energy bills – High energy bills? A probable culprit could be your damaged, energy-inefficient windows. Damaged and inefficient windows can let in outdoor heat in summer and let out warm indoor air out in winter, forcing your heating and cooling systems to work harder. No wonder your energy consumption is through the roof!
- The windows no longer enhance the home’s curb appeal – Outdated windows? If your windows no longer have the appeal they once had, new replacement windows can help bring back the beauty of your home.
Replacing one or more windows does usually mean a significant investment, but then again, consider the cost of not replacing your window when you apparently need to. These costs can include wasted energy, a drop in home value, and even damage to your furniture. In some cases, you could also be placing your health and that of your family at risk as well.
Once you’ve decided that your windows need replacement, you’ll need to know how to choose the right ones. In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss how to choose the right replacement window for your home.