You’ve seen the increase on your energy bills and you’ve heard the fuss about climate change. Suddenly you’re wondering if new windows might be the answer to your problems. It’s true, energy-efficient savings is a big selling point for new windows. But how much difference can they really make? Let’s take a look.
The Innovative Window Technology Advantage
If your home was built before the 1990s, there is a good chance that it has wood or aluminum frame windows that aren’t doing as much as they could to save you money. The popularity of vinyl frame windows really took off in the mid-1990s as an alternative that does a better job of expanding and contracting to maintain a weather-tight seal.
But the frames aren’t the only thing that has changed. In 1992, the EPA launched a new initiative called the ENERGY STAR label that would revolutionize the window industry. Suddenly, energy ratings became a key focus of window development. Over the next three decades, window manufacturers would develop new technologies that improved glass insulation like filling the chamber between double-pane windows with gas or chemically enhancing the glass.
For the typical home, ENERGY STAR-rated windows can save between $126-$465 per year in lower energy use. Over time, that’s a significant savings that can pay for the cost of upgrading your windows.
Benefits Beyond Energy-Savings
Window replacement companies love to crunch the numbers on potential energy savings. While those are solid numbers, the benefits of energy-efficient windows don’t stop there. Your home will be a more comfortable place to live with new windows as you enjoy privacy, ventilation, and natural light like never before.
The more panes and tighter seals that you add to your windows, the more privacy you can expect. That means that your windows are doing a lot more than keeping cold air out in the winter or the humidity out in the summer. New windows can significantly dampen street noise so you just don’t hear those loud next door neighbors as often.
One of the biggest benefits of new windows is that you can actually use them. The trouble with old wood-framed windows is that they just stopped working after awhile. Not only will your new windows look great and function properly, opening and closing with ease, but certain styles can provide a wider opening for better ventilation. Consider choosing casement, slider, or double-hung windows to maximize the fresh air on those sunny, 70-degree days.
A Lighter, Brighter, More Inviting Space
If you’ve kept your windows covered in an attempt to keep your furnace from running, you might feel like you have a new home all over again. Opening up the blinds to let in natural light isn’t a problem when you install new, energy-efficient windows. Not only will the natural light make everything feel a little homier, but you can probably cut down on your electricity use most of the year.
The Bottom-Line Energy-Efficient Windows
Updating your home with energy-efficient windows can do much more than lower your heating and cooling costs. While the cost-savings is a big selling point, especially in the face of rising costs, the added benefits of more privacy, more comfort, and more fresh air help too.
The window specialists and Energy Home Pros make it their business to save you money. Founded in 2015, the San Antonio-based window company offers more than 75 years of combined experience with an A+ BBB rating. Take advantage of our specials and get started with new, energy-efficient windows for as low as $25 per month. Call to schedule your free quote and find out how much money you could be saving with new windows.
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