How Much Can You Save with Energy Efficient Windows?
If you are thinking about updating your home’s windows, you likely are thinking about the improvement new windows will make to your home’s interior décor and exterior curb appeal.
Many homeowners have heard that replacing older windows can also save a tremendous amount of money on energy costs, and you may be wondering how much money you can save.
After all, new windows are a considerable investment, and you may want to ensure that the benefits are worth paying for.
With a closer look at what new windows can do to your energy bill, the decision to replace your windows with new Energy Star energy efficient windows is made much easier!
How New Windows Can Reduce Energy Consumption
Before you learn how much money you can save through the investment of new windows for your home, you should understand how new windows can reduce energy consumption.
Both single and double pane windows that are older in age may transfer a significant amount of energy. This is particularly true if you have wooden window frames. This equates to temperature transfer, and it occurs throughout the year.
Many days of the year, you run your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home, but a considerable amount of this effort may be wasted through energy and thermal transfer through the windows.
Essentially, you will need to run your HVAC system more if you have older technology windows.
How Much Money Can You Save?
New double and triple-paned windows are designed with a buffer between the two panes of glass. This buffer serves as a type of invisible insulation that minimizes thermal transfer.
Furthermore, most new windows are made with energy efficient frames, such as vinyl or fiberglass, and this can further reduce the amount of energy that is lost through the windows.
Estimates of savings vary based on location as well as how old your current windows are and what type of new windows you install. However, some estimates state that you may lose as much as 40 to 50 percent of heated or cooled area through drafty windows.
This means that you could enjoy a significant savings of up to 40% to 50% percent throughout the year with new windows.
Recouping the Cost of New Windows
The cost of your new windows will vary based on the style of the windows, the type of window as well as the type of frame.
You can estimate approximately $300 to $700 per window, and you can obtain a firm quote when you request an estimate from Rocky Mountain Exteriors.
Keep in mind that you may qualify for a tax credit by replacing your windows, and this can help you to recoup some of the cost. In addition, ongoing energy savings as well as the potential increase in property value through window replacement can also help you to recoup the cost.
Replacing your home’s windows is a major project that could have a significant and beneficial improvement on property value, curb appeal, energy costs and even comfort level in the home. And in the end, your cost to replace will be much lower than you think.