With today’s economy, everyone is looking for a way to save a little money. If you are looking for a home, you are looking for homes that provide energy efficiency to save money in the long run. If you are already a homeowner then you may want to consider taking a look at your windows. If they are not energy efficient windows, then you may be throwing money out the window … literally.
To replace the windows in your home, you will have that initial expense which could be large, but they will return their cost investment in your energy bills.
Even though windows take up such a small area of your home, they are indeed the area of greatest heat loss (and gain) and air leakage. Experts say that windows can account for at least 25 to 30 percent of a home’s heat loss, thereby increasing your heating bills.
The performance of the energy efficient aspects of your home, like windows, has a direct effect on the size of your heating and cooling appliances. If you opt to update your windows to energy efficient models, then you will be able to get away with having a smaller, less expensive, heating and cooling system. A smaller heating and cooling system will also lower your monthly bills over time.
Energy efficient windows also help to keep the condensation down, because the window frames and interior surfaces are kept warmer in these models. Less condensation equals less of a chance of mold and mildew forming along your window frames.
There will be plenty of other aspects to consider when you are in the market to replace your windows with energy efficient windows, including, but not limited to: the total window area of the home, climate, the type of heating and cooling system you have, landscaping, and the total insulation in your home. These are all aspects of the job that you will need to discuss with your window installation professional before you begin.
Once you make the decision to update your windows, you will wonder why it took you so long and you will have to find somewhere else to spend all of that extra money that you save!