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How to Know When to Replace Your Residential Windows

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The right windows for your Chicago-area home do more than just add aesthetic appeal; the right windows also keep heat in in the winter and heat out in the summer, offer functional advantages, and can even save lives in the event of an emergency. If you are living in an older home, it may be time to replace your residential windows. Here are some telltale signs that your residential windows are in need of being replaced:

Difficulty in Opening or Closing

Windows can be difficult to open or close for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they have literally been painted shut; other times, expansion of materials have occurred, resulting in a window that does not want to budge. If you are having trouble opening or closing your windows, this is bad for two primary reasons: first, it may be a sign that there are leaks and cracks around the window, which allow air and bugs to enter your home. Second, in the event that your or your family is ever faced with an emergency—such as a fire—windows that do not open smoothly are very dangerous, and can prevent you from being able to exit your home. Of course, windows that demonstrate difficulty in opening and closing are also just plain frustrating to deal with, too.

Your Energy Bills are Increasing

If you have noticed a surge in your energy bills in recent months, do not be surprised if your windows are to blame. Windows that are not designed to be energy efficient often provide poor insulation for a home, offer little protection from the sun, and may allow air to pass through. In addition to paying attention to your energy bills, you can also usually determine the energy efficiency of your windows by looking for condensation, touching the windows in the summer and winter to assess temperature, or by noticing that it is much colder near the windows than in the rest of the house. You can correct this issue by replacing your residential windows; doing so may save you a fair sum of money over the course of the year.

Your Windows Show Obvious Signs of Aging

Finally, if your windows show obvious signs of aging—such as cracks, chips in the frame, a rotting frame—or are simply antiquated in design, you should consider having them replaced. Window replacements can add to your home’s value, and keep everyone in your house more comfortable and safer.

A Residential Window Replacement Specialist Can Help

Replacing your residential windows on your own is no easy task. To ensure that it is done correctly, efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner, consult with a professional. The team at Preferred Window & Door is ready to help. Serving those in the Chicago area for more than two decades, we are residential window experts. To learn more, call us today for a free quote at 708-895-3667.

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