According to Energy Star, homeowners who install energy-efficient windows can save as much as $465 per year. You can spend money trying to repair your windows, but research shows that repairing your old windows exceeds the cost of getting new windows, especially when you look at savings over the long term. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting new windows.
Efficient windows have special e-coatings that prevent heat from escaping, making the most out of your heater and helping you save on energy costs. Vinyl and fiberglass windows are two of the more popular types of energy-efficient windows because they make good insulators. Some energy-efficient windows also have special gases such as argon or krypton that aid in heat conservation. Windows can also be double or triple-paned. They are designed in such a way that while they conserve heat, they also let sunlight in. You should be careful to ask your manufacturer/dealer what types of windows are suited to which climates.
Why Not Repair?
It may be tempting to try to repair the windows rather than replace them. But very often it simply isn’t worth it. If your window is wooden and it starts rotting, then you should consider replacing it because rotting windows are difficult to repair. If you have trouble cranking your window, your first inclination may be to simply replace the handle, but if the problem is with a sagging casement, then it might actually be more expensive to try to repair it. Some parts are difficult to find, and the cost and time involved in searching for that part may be better spent simply replacing it.
A Closer Look At Energy-Saving Materials
As alluded to earlier, the best energy-saving materials are vinyl, wood, fiberglass, aluminum, or a combination of them. They vary in expense and levels of maintenance, but when purchasing new windows, make sure that they are made of one or more of these materials.
Installing new windows can reduce your energy bill by as much as 25 percent, and the money you save is more than what you would end up spending on repairing old windows—especially if those windows are not energy efficient. If you are thinking about installing new windows or would like to reduce your heating bill, then give us a call or visit our website. We can help you find new windows that suit your needs.