Even though windows are almost always right in your face, it's easy to overlook them when you're making home improvements. And, many homeowners years without ever considering a residential window replacement.

Luckily, if you pay attention, you can know when your windows are screaming for attention. This article will highlight the signs that indicate your windows are due for an upgrade.

High Energy Bills

Windows are necessary fixtures in residential homes because they let in natural light and allow solar radiation to warm the interior spaces during chilly weather. Unfortunately, these fixtures can also contribute to heat leaks in winter and uncomfortable indoor temperatures during summer.

If your residence is still adorned with single-pane fixtures, you're likely paying more in energy bills than you should. The lack of insulation in single-pane windows makes them unsuitable for indoor temperature regulation. You'll be surprised at the energy savings you'll gain by upgrading to double- or triple-pane windows.

Insulated window panes close the gap on high energy bills by cooperating with your HVAC system to keep your indoor spaces comfortable. As a result, the heating and cooling system will consume less energy to achieve desired room temperatures. Be sure to engage a professional for a home window replacement to enjoy lowered energy bills.

Drafts on Windy Days

If you stand by a closed window to admire nature's beauty and feel a breeze blow, then you have a serious window problem you should address immediately. Air leaks in your window frame will greatly interfere with your indoor comfort. Much as your heating system will do its part to keep your indoor spaces warm, you will notice cold spots around the house due to the air leaking in through your windows.

A simple trick you can use to tell if your windows have openings around them is to hold a burning incense stick against the window. If the smoke is blown away from the window, you should contact professionals about a window replacement. Upgrading to windows with an airtight seal prevents air drafts from coming into your indoor spaces on windy days.

Decaying Frames

Decomposing frames is perhaps the clearest sign you need a residential window replacement. And if you have wooden window frames, they are likely to start decaying after years of service due to exposure to moisture.

When you notice that your window frames have begun to show signs of decay, start saving for a window replacement so you can get new windows before the decomposition poses a potential health hazard in your home.

If you've noticed any of the signs discussed here, be sure to engage a professional window installer for a residential window replacement.