You may have heard that new, energy-efficient windows can save you money on your heating and cooling bills. While this is a great benefit, it’s certainly not the only one. Here are ten reasons to invest in replacement windows.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 10-25% of your home’s winter heating bill could literally be going out the window if you have older, inefficient models. Installing new, energy-efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills by keeping out winter’s cold air and summer’s heat. Options like triple-pane glass, argon gas between the panes, and reflective low-E coatings can help you save on heating and cooling costs.
By eliminating drafts and leaks, you’ll also be preventing cold spots near windows in the winter. And, you can upgrade to glass that blocks up to 95% of the ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can cause furniture and carpets to fade, and add solar heat to your home.
Sound transmission can be a big headache, especially if you live near a busy street, railroad tracks, or an airport. Replacing your old windows with new ones that have laminated or dual-pane glass can reduce the amount of noise that transfers into your home.
If you have older, single-pane windows, you’ll be able to say goodbye to the chore of putting up and taking down storm windows, because newer models don’t need them.
Even if you’re not planning on selling your home any time soon, new windows can add to its value. You’ll enjoy the improved look of the exterior, and if you do ever list your home, the windows will help make a great first impression with buyers.
Especially if your home has a second story, cleaning the outside of older double-hung windows is an unpleasant chore that involves lots of climbing up and down a latter with buckets and rags. New double-hung windows can be cleaned from the inside, thanks to a tilt-in sash.
Replacing old wood windows with vinyl or aluminum clad models will eliminate the need for scraping and painting, because the frames come in a variety of colors.
Rain, snow, cold air and other weather belongs outside your home, not in it. Older windows that have lost their seal can allow air to leak into and out of your home, leading to higher heating and cooling bills. Moisture leaking around window frames can get into the walls where you can’t see it, resulting in mold and mildew.
In the event of a fire or other emergency, that old window that sticks and is difficult to open can pose a serious threat to you and your family. Newer windows open and close easily, so even young children can operate them and get to safety.
Some manufacturers offer rebates on energy-efficient windows, and your local utility company may have a similar program. Homeowners who buy new windows may also be eligible for the American Taxpayer Relief Act.
If you’re still not sure if it’s time to upgrade, check out our list of signs you should replace your windows. Ready to learn more about replacement windows for your home? In the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, Missouri, area, call Precision Windows & Doors at 816-524-8999 or 913-649-1199 for a free estimate.