Your windows do far more than let sunlight into your home, and window replacement in MN is an important part of preparing your home for the winter season. As we head into the fall months, you will want to make sure that your windows are functioning properly.

Here are a few tests that you can perform to see if your windows need to be replaced.

Do a Visual Inspection Inside and Out

The most obvious signs that your windows need to be replaced are visual. They are also fairly easy for you to spot from both the inside and outside of your home. Look for the following signs that your windows need to be replaced:

  • Cracking or rotting on the window frame
  • Cracked glass on the window pane
  • Condensation or debris (within double-paned windows)
  • Frost builds up on the inside portion of the window
  • Any leakage or seepage of water
  • Visible traces of bugs or other insects around the inside of the window

Listen and Feel for Drafts

Beyond the visual cues, you can also tell that your windows need to be replaced in a variety of other ways.

When windows are old or need to be replaced, they will usually not be sealed properly, allowing drafts to enter your home. You can detect these drafts by listening closely while you are near a window. You will usually be able to hear the wind coming in through an unsealed window.

If you cannot hear anything, try placing your hand around the edge of the window. You should be able to feel a slight draft entering through any unsealed portions of your windows. You can also try touching the glass of the window. If it is excessively warm or cold (depending on the temperature outside), you need to reseal or replace the window.

Increases in Energy Bills

If your heating bill during the winter or your electricity bill during the summer is significantly higher than last year, it is likely because your windows are not sealed properly. If you think you are paying more than you should be on your energy bills, try following the tips above to see if you need new windows.

Just remember that not all signs are easy to spot. It may take a professional company to alert you that your windows need to be replaced. At Schmidt Roofing, we have an amazing team of Windows experts who can help you get a free quote on your window replacement. Contact us today and we will send someone out to help you get started.

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