Can Replacing Your Home’s Windows Really Save You Money?
Many homeowners ask, “Can energy-efficient windows really save me money?” The answer is an emphatic, “Yes!”
Q: How can energy-efficient vinyl replacement or new construction windows save me money?
A: Vinyl windows with energy-efficient glass packages can help prevent the natural transfer of heat and cold into your home during various seasons of the year. By controlling this natural conduction, you can better manage the comfort level in your home. You can save money, and realize a significant return on investment, by lowering the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool your home throughout the year.
Q: When should I replace the windows in my home?
A: Just like roofing and siding on your home, windows need to be replaced every 20 years or so. Make it a part of your yearly home maintenance checklist to carefully evaluate your windows. Older windows can lose efficiency, causing heating and cooling bills to rise. When it’s time to replace the windows, research upgraded window packages that are ENERGY STAR® qualified that can help lower your monthly energy bills.
Q: How do I evaluate my windows?
A: To determine if your current windows are energy-efficient, try these easy do-it-yourself steps:
- Look for condensation between the panes of glass on double- or triple-glazed windows. This could indicate seal failure. If this is the case, you might need to replace the glass or the entire window.
- Check to see if there are any “burnt out” areas on your carpets and furnishings where harmful ultraviolet rays have damaged the interior of your home. This is an indication that your windows need a Low E glass coating to block harmful rays.
- Research to determine if you have the appropriate glass package for where you live. For example, if you live in a cooler northern region you’ll find increased performance in the insulation properties of a low U-value. If you are located in a warmer region you’ll benefit from a lower solar heat gain coefficient to help keep the sun’s heat from entering your home. For more information visit Energy Star.
Q: What window frame type is the most energy efficient?
A: Vinyl frames with multi-chambered construction and fusion-welded corners are one of the most energy-efficient available. Vinyl frames are especially effective when combined with a Low E glass package.
Q: What kind of glass should I ask for in replacement windows?
A: At a minimum, you’ll want to start with Low E glass in your window. Then, request a dense, harmless (and odorless) gas fill, like Argon or Krypton, be inserted between the panes of glass. This gas fill acts as a type of barrier and helps prevent the transfer of heat or cold into your home. Controlling the amount of convection between the panes of glass will help you use less energy to heat or cool your home.
Q: Why should I consider vinyl framed replacement windows?
A: Vinyl replacement windows are durable and help you lower monthly energy costs, increase the value of your home, reduce maintenance hassles and add beauty to the interior and exterior of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical home loses more than 30% of its energy through inefficient windows and doors. The DOE reports that vinyl windows have moderate to high R-values, a measure of both the construction of the window and the materials used versus heat flow. That translates into reduced heat loss and greater thermal efficiency that can help you save money and reduce energy costs. Another reason to consider vinyl replacement windows is that they can be custom made to fit your design and remodeling requirements.
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