How New Windows Can Save You Money

Monday, May 4 2015 10:36 AM

Yes, new windows are expensive! But an investment now could save you a lot of money in the long-run. This is especially true if you have old drafty windows that don’t adhere to modern standards.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that an average home loses over 30% of its heat through the windows. If you’re looking for ways to lower your heating and cooling bills, replacing some or all of your home’s windows with more energy-efficient ones could help you lower monthly utility bills.

Here are some ways installing new windows in your home can save you money.

Lower energy bills

Replacing old, leaky windows with new energy-efficient insulated
glass windows will dramatically reduce the amount of heat transferred into and out of yourhome, called conduction. By reducing heat conduction you’ll not only save on new window replacement contractoryour energy bills, but your home will also be more comfortable year-round.

Your energy savings and return on investment will vary, depending on the climate, utility costs, and the energy efficiency of both the old and new windows. Although higher-priced windows are typically more energy-efficient, you don’t have to buy the most expensive windows on the market to see savings on your utility bills.

Choosing Energy-Star qualified windows will make it easier to determine the energy efficiency you can expect. New Energy-Star windows can vary widely in cost, depending on size and the options you add, but with the labor cost for installation included, you can expect to pay anywhere from $270 to over $800 per window. Be sure to check for federal tax credits that can help you recoup some of the cost of the windows.

According to energystar.gov, homeowners in the Wichita, Kansas, area can expect to save $302 per year for each single pane clear window replaced, and $114 a year for each double pane clear window replaced with Energy Star qualified windows.

Reduced maintenance cost

Wood-frame windows require scraping and painting every couple of years, which is a time-consuming and expensive task. Vinyl or fiberglass framed windows, however, will look good for years without scraping or painting.

Add to resale value of home

According to Remodeling magazine, window replacement offers one of the best rates of return on investment (ROI), compared to other home remodeling projects. On average, the national ROI for

New Windows Can Save You Money replacing your old windows with new vinyl ones is about 73%, and that rate climbs to 78% if you’re replacing wood windows. Installing new windows can add several thousand dollars to the value of your home.

In addition, new windows are an attractive feature for home buyers, because the windows will last for a long time (typically 20 years), need very little maintenance, add to the home’s curb appeal, and help save energy costs.

Options that Affect New Window Efficiency

Glazing

This refers to the glass in the window. Today’s windows can be single, double or triple glazed, which means they have one, two or three layers of glass. Very few single-pane windows are sold, because they offer little energy-efficiency benefits. The most energy-efficient windows typically use systems of glazing, which include gas fillings between the glass panes and coatings on the glass itself.

Low-E Coatings

Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings add a thin layer of a metallic oxide the window glass. This reduces the amount of heat transferred through the glass. Nearly every new window currently on the market offers this feature. Low-E coatings can increase the cost of your windows by 10 – 15%, but they can reduce your energy expense by as much as 25%. By blocking the sun’s ultraviolet rays, they’ll also protect your home’s furnishings from fading.

Insulated Frames

Most new windows now are either double- or triple- pane glass, with an insulating inert gas in between the panes. The gas fill is typically either argon or krypton. Both gases are poor heat conductors, so they reduce the amount of heat lost through the glass. Multi-pane, insulated windows eliminate the need to use storm windows.

Window Frame Material

Choices include wood, vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum. Wood frames will require regular maintenance and will expand and contract with moisture changes, so they could leak air. Vinyl window frames offer good insulation with low maintenance, but they are also affected by changes in temperature, which could cause air leaks. Fiberglass windows can be expensive, but they’re low-maintenance and remain stable in fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels. Aluminum window frames are also stable. They’re lightweight and provide good sound proofing, but they can reduce energy efficiency because they conduct heat.

Installation Affects Window Efficiency

Choosing energy-efficient replacement windows is a smart decision, but poor installation can lead to big problems, and reduce your energy savings. Even a small leak around a window’s frame can cause large amounts of your home’s heated or cooled air to leak out, which will make your heating and cooling system run more. If water gets in around the window, mold and mildew can develop, leading to expensive repairs and even health problems for people living in the home. If you’re considering new windows for your Wichita-area home, trust All Seasons Construction for quality products, excellent workmanship and superior service.

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