As much as 30% of your home’s energy energy loss can be due to older single pane windows. If they are drafty and leaky the loss can be even more. So replacing older windows is a project that can easily pay for itself. If you live in a place that requires both heating and cooling new windows can save you money year round. But replacing windows can offer other benefits as well.
In addition to energy saving new technological advances have made replacing windows more advantageous than ever. Some new windows are treated with special coatings to reflect heat reducing your cooling load, some offer things like tinting or UV protection which protects furniture, walls, fabrics, and flooring from fading due to the sun’s UV rays. Most new windows have tilt in features allowing you to avoid using a ladder to clean them. Simply release a latch and the window opens so you can clean both sides while standing comfortably inside. Some new windows have grilles or blinds inside the glass allowing you to clean them quickly and easily without any interference.
New windows rarely need painting. Unlike older wooden sashes new windows are “clad” with vinyl or other material so they don’t require painting.
New windows can refresh the look of your house and increase your property value. Often you can recoup 70% of the cost of the windows when you sell. Add that to your energy savings and window replacement can be a good investment.
However, at first glance new windows can be expensive. But there are several tricks that can help you save on those great new windows. [Continue reading]