Many business owners are looking for ways to cut costs and save energy. If your commercial building has outdated windows, having your business’s windows replaced could go a long way in helping to make your building more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Yet, how will you know when your windows are in need of replacing? Fortunately, there are signs you can look out for in your business that can help you to know if your windows need to be replaced. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for indicating that you may want to consider commercial window installation for your building.
You Hear a Lot of Outside Noise
An easy way to tell that you may want to consider replacing your building’s windows is if you can hear a lot of outside noise within your building. Older windows are poor insulators, which means they typically do not do as good of a job blocking out noise, which can be particularly bothersome if your business is on a busy street. Having your windows replaced could then make your building a more productive environment, and a more inviting place for customers/clients to visit. While this may not indicate a critical problem with your windows, it does point to your windows being outdated and inefficient, and you will then want to consider having them replaced in the near future.
You Feel a Draft
Another sign that your windows have insulation problems is if you have been getting complaints, or have noticed yourself, that your facility seems draftier lately. Drafty windows should not go ignored, as their seal has likely begun to fail. While a drafty window may seem inconsequential, even a single drafty window can cause your HVAC system to work twice as hard to keep your building comfortable. This can cost you greatly on your energy bills, as your windows will be letting cool air escape during the summer, and heat to escape during the winter. In this case, you will want to consider having your windows replaced as soon as possible in order to ensure your building is as energy-efficient as possible.
Condensation in Your Windows
You likely also have an insulation problem if you notice condensation forming between the panes of glass in your windows. Double or triple-paned windows have space between the layers of glass where there is a gas barrier that helps to further insulate your windows. If you notice condensation between these layers of glass, this means that moisture has been allowed to penetrate your windows, which indicates that its seal has broken, and that the insulating capacity of your windows has been severely compromised. If this is the case, then your windows will need to be replaced.
Your Energy Bills are on the Rise
Even if you do not notice any signs which would indicate that your windows need to be replaced, keeping an eye on your utility bills can also give you a good idea as to the condition of your windows. If your average energy consumption suddenly rises, and your building’s HVAC system is not very old, then it is likely that your windows are to blame. It is likely that you are losing heat or air conditioning through your outdated windows.
Replacing the windows in your commercial building can prove to be a wise investment by improving the energy-efficiency of your business. However, it can be difficult to determine when you are in need of commercial window installation. Contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to replace your building’s windows, as well as to learn about the options available to you for replacement windows.