Depending on where you live, your windows, skylights and doors could account for 25-40 percent of your energy bill at certain times of the year. In many cases, updating your windows to an energy efficient model will significantly cut your energy usage and save you money.
While you will have to make a large investment up front to purchase new windows, the benefit of the financial and energy savings will come gradually. For a typical home averaging 2,000 square feet, replacing all of your windows could cost $15,000 or more depending on how many windows you have and if they are standard-sized or special-sized windows.
Whether you plan on being in your house for years to come or hope to sell it sooner rather than later, energy-efficient windows are a safe bet. They provide curb appeal and add instant, significant resale value. Energy-efficient windows can save you money each and every month, and in some cases, can even help your house gain net energy. Don’t forget that new windows will also add consistent comfort to your home because your thermostat isn’t going up and down all the time.
If you’re like many people, you live life on budget and likely don’t have the money to replace all of your windows at one time. While you can sometimes get tax breaks or low-interest loans to help you ease the burden, it can still take a long time to see the full value of the windows in savings on your energy bills. If you can’t make the initial investment all at once, consider replacing windows in one room at a time. Start with the room that receives the most sun to see the greatest benefit then continue replacing additional windows as you have the savings to do so.
Much of our heating and cooling loss is dependent on our geographical location. If you’re set on adding energy-efficient windows to your home, it’s important to talk to different contractors to determine what is available in your area, which windows would be the best value for your house, or if they’d even be worth installing. Take the time to research your options before you make this investment. If you need a recommendation for a professional window installer, call us today and we happy to make a recommendation.
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