Have you ever wanted to find a way to lower your monthly heating and cooling bill, while enhancing the look and function of your home? One of the best improvements to address this issue is to install new energy efficient windows. When you calculate the amount of energy that a home loses due to inefficient windows, the numbers can be staggering. When replacing windows, a homeowner can expect to save anywhere from 15-25% on their heating costs alone. This does not include the fact that a home will also cool more efficiently in the summer. If you take your yearly savings and look at it over a ten or twenty year period; you can see the difference between your old windows and new high efficiency windows. Replacement windows begin paying for themselves the day that they are installed.
There are a variety of options when replacing your windows. Newer window units consist of multiple panes and are filled with argon to increase energy efficiency and assist in sound proofing. Replacement windows offer a large selection of indoor and outdoor trim finishes. For example, a homeowner may desire a wood finish for their interior window and a vinyl exterior finish. Both interior and exterior finishes come in many colors, as well as different wood selections. The majority of older windows contain a wood exterior finish. Wood is prone to rotting and ongoing maintenance. The majority of new windows contain a vinyl exterior. Vinyl does not need to be painted or stained and requires no maintenance. It also will not rot and is unaffected by the elements.
Replacement windows are also easy to maintain. Newer windows are built for functionality and allow the homeowner to easily open, close, and clean the units. Most new windows have the ability to fold in on themselves. This gives the homeowner the ability to easily clean both the interior and exterior of the window. No longer must a person risk climbing a ladder to reach a second floor exterior window.
Another outstanding feature of replacement windows is the UV protection that they provide. Have you ever moved a piece of furniture only to find that the carpet has been badly faded? This is due to ultraviolet light penetrating your old windows and wreaking havoc on your home’s interior. UV rays can fade carpets and damage furniture. They are also able to effect hardwood floors by breaking down their color and finish. Replacement windows are a great way to alleviate this problem.
A fact that many are not aware of is that replacement windows can act as a noise reducer for your home. The multiple panes, and argon, can help to diminish outside sound waves from passing through your windows. This feature greatly reduces exterior noise caused by traffic, dogs, nature, or neighbors.
The following shows the many benefits of replacement windows:
- Energy savings for your home and the environment
- Great variety of color and finish selections to match your home’s needs
- Easy to maintain and clean
- UV protection for you and your home
- Noise reduction
- Beautiful appearance
- Increase in home’s value
Replacement windows will not only decrease your energy costs, but they will increase your home’s aesthetic appeal and resale value.