In the Central and Western NY regions we experienced a warmer than usual fall, prolonging the inevitable preparation for winter. Now that we've had several cold days and even some snow, many are going through the yearly ritual of preparing their home for winter. This often includes putting up storm doors and windows, and other efforts to keep the property and home safe and warm during the colder winter months.
Placing storm doors and storm windows can be a good way to help keep the cold out, however, this may not always help. If your windows need replacing you may still feel a draft coming through despite having this extra protection. In addition, newer windows are much more energy-efficient than older ones and can actually eliminate the need for storm windows.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
As with anything in a home, windows will eventually need to be replaced. In general, if there has been no damage to your windows or noticeable leaks, it's a good idea to replace your home's windows every 10-15 years. Even if you don't feel a draft coming through your windows, if the windows are older, they may still be letting air leak in, increasing your energy costs.
Some other signs that indicate your windows need replacing include: feeling a draft through the window, a film on the window that won't seem to come clean, excessive moisture on the window, and trouble opening and closing the window due to warping. All of these are signals that your windows need to be replaced.
Other Benefits of Window Replacement
Aside from keeping the house warmer and reducing energy costs, replacing your home's windows has many other benefits. Windows that work properly can provide better security as they won't get stuck or have issues closing. Replacement windows can also increase the value of your home through energy savings and improving the overall look. In addition, if you live near a busy road, train, airport, etc., replacement windows can help to reduce noise.
But, I Have a Historic Home
Many people who have historic homes become nervous about the prospect of replacing their windows as they don't want it to affect the look and value of the home. If this is a concern, there are manufacturers that offer historically accurate replacement windows that will maintain the integrity of the home.