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Home improvement projects can be costly and time-consuming. So, it’s easy to put off window replacement until it’s completely necessary. But, how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows? You don’t have to wait until your windows to be drafty or notice an increase in energy costs to consider a window replacement. However, it’s important to have an idea of what signs you need to look out for.

Here are 5 signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

1. Drafts

Do you feel a draft even when your windows are closed? Can you hear the wind whistling through your windows? A drafty window can change the overall temperature of your home, which causes your HVAC system to work twice as hard to keep up with the fluctuating temperature.

2. High Energy Bills

You’ll notice the increase on your energy bill when your HVAC system is working twice as hard to keep up with the fluctuation temperature. When you notice your energy consumption increasing, replace your old and drafty windows with energy-efficient windows to help you reduce your energy costs.

3. Poor Window Operation

Do you have difficulty in opening, closing, and locking windows? Operating your window shouldn’t be part of your daily workout routine. If your windows aren’t operating and functioning properly, you may not be able to lock them so it can impact the safety of your home.

4. Condensation

Do you notice any build-up between glass layers? If your windows are frosting between the layers or glass, this means that your seals have failed, which is allowing moisture between the glass panes.

5. Visible Damage

Do you notice any visible damages to your windows? Your windows are constantly exposed to rain, snow, harsh winds, harmful UV rays, and freezing temperatures. Inspect your windows for warping, water damage, and cracks in the glass.

How often should you replace your windows in your house?

Windows should typically last between 15 and 20 years before you start to think about window replacement. After 15 years you can expect to repair your windows regularly, so eventually, you’ll need to replace the window. Contact your local windows and doors company when you’re ready to replace the windows in your home.