Not every homeowner wants to go from having single pane windows to double pane windows. While it may be obvious why you should, not everyone thinks it's a good idea. The reason for this is that there are many benefits of having energy-efficient windows. In fact, having energy-efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills over the years. What does that mean for you?
Saving Money On Energy Bills
If you're looking for savings on your monthly energy bill, you may want to consider a rated window. Energy-certified windows help save money on heating and cooling costs. Families can save greatly on their annual energy costs by upgrading their windows with certified models. The savings vary depending on factors like climate and home size, but it gives an idea of how much potential there is for savings.
Increased Property Value
If saving money isn't enough motivation for upgrading your windows, then perhaps increasing the value of your home will be more appealing. It's no secret that people look at windows when they buy or sell a home — they make up a large part of the exterior view, after all! If you want to see an increase in how much people are willing to pay for your house, then it makes sense to invest in high-quality windows that will add aesthetic appeal.
Another factor to consider for an energy-efficient window replacement project is the comfort that it will add to your home. Energy-efficient windows are a great option to solve issues with drafts and air in your home that comes from inefficient windows. New windows will reduce drafts, as well as solve any issues with heat gain that you might have in your home.
More Options for Styles and Materials
You have more options than ever when it comes to the style and material of your replacement window. You can choose from different frame styles (split-lite, single-hung, or double-hung) or even an option that allows you to open a sash without removing the entire window (Tilt & Turn). Some windows include low-E coatings on the glass to help reduce your energy costs.
Replacement windows are available in many different materials, including vinyl, wood composite, fiberglass, and aluminum. Some of the most popular materials tend to be vinyl or wood composite because they're affordable and easy to maintain. Vinyl windows are available in many colors, including white, brown, and gray, while wood composites come in shades of brown or white. Fiberglass is one of the most durable materials, but it's also heavier than other options, which makes installation more challenging. Aluminum is lightweight but may not be as durable as other choices; it's often used for patio doors because of its excellent insulation properties.
Energy-efficient windows can add value to your home and lower your utility bill.