While you may know energy-efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills, you may not know how much you can save. Understandably, you don’t want to invest money in a window replacement you aren’t sure of, and getting the facts could help you decide. Here’re a few points to ponder to calculate how much more efficient windows could save you.
Your Current Windows
How old are your current windows? What shape are they in? The worse your current windows, the worse your energy efficiency likely is. Warped and splitting windows often allow drafts to spill into your home and make your HVAC system work harder. Even if your windows are relatively new, their original installers may not have set them up properly, which can also lead to avoidable issues. You can save a lot of money with a professional window replacement if your current windows have reached the end of their life expectancy.
Your Current Energy Loss
A professional can help you gauge your home’s current energy efficiency. Other than your windows, you could lose energy through other areas of your home, such as your HVAC system, skylight and doors. Window size and your home’s age also determine how much energy you lose. For instance, while you may love your home’s tall windows, if they’re old or inefficient, they could cause a greater energy loss than if you had smaller and fewer windows.
You New Windows
Your window replacement choice also affects how much you save with new windows. Buying windows from reputable manufacturers helps ensure you get the best product possible. Energy Star and U-factor ratings also help determine how much you save. Also, only have trusted window technicians install your replacement windows. That way, you know they did the job right the first time.
More energy-efficient windows can boost your home’s value and increase your savings, but only when you know what you’re getting into. Make sure you know what’s what when picking new windows and deciding who installs them.