Replacement windows may appear (at least on the surface) to be an expensive investment, especially if you’re on a tight budget. However, the truth of the matter is this–the investment you make in having replacement windows installed pays off in the long-run.
I’m Dan, the owner of Zen Replacement Windows in Austin, Texas. I’d like to share with you some very real ways you can save money by making a wise investment in home replacement windows.
Other than the energy savings benefits that come with it, you also get to enjoy several other advantages including:
- Enhanced curb appeal
Replacement windows come in different colors, style, and design—all of which can boost the visual interest of your home, thus increasing its overall value.
- Easy maintenance
Installing new and durable quality windows with easy-to-clean features helps ensure easy maintenance and increased overall sustainability in the long run.
- Improved home security
There are varied glass options when it comes to making your home more secure. For instance, laminated glass is designed with a polymer interlayer to help hold the glass together in case it’s shattered, thus an essential additional security feature to help keep intruders away.
- Reduced noise
High-quality replacement windows come fitted with sound control glasses to help keep out noise from your home.
How Replacement Windows save you Money
How you can save money is probably your biggest concern as a homeowner who’s considering a window replacement project. Plus you must be asking yourself how much you can save with this kind of investment.
Of course, savings will fluctuate depending on the type of window you choose; however, proper window installation also plays a vital role in your long-term energy savings plan.
Below, we are sharing a few ways that new energy efficient replacement windows can increase your long-term savings:
- Reduced Energy Bills
Replacing your aged windows with new ones designed with energy-efficient glass packages and insulated frames can greatly help manage the cold and heat getting in and out of your home. This energy savings help you lower the amount of energy required to cool or even heat your home, hence an overall reduction on your utility bills.
- Lower Maintenance Costs
Little to zero maintenance cost on your home upgrade projects implies saves you money you’d otherwise spend on repairs and maintenance. After all, supplies like paint and caulking add up over time. For instance, installing fiberglass or vinyl framed windows all but eliminates all of your window maintenance costs. This is because such replacement window materials don’t require any additional painting or scraping.
- Home Equity
Enhanced home value is another benefit you stand to gain with replacement windows, and especially if you’re planning to sell your home. Listing your home for a higher price will enable you to easily pay off your mortgage and save on the interest charges.
- Reduced expenditures on new home furnishings
Other than energy savings issues, you’ve also got to protect your furniture, flooring, and fabrics from the fading effects of the UV rays. And since energy efficient windows are designed with Low-E coating (to help radiate the harmful rays and heat), you rest assured of more comfort and less replacement of worn-out and dull furnishings.
When it comes to the amount of savings, Energy Star rated windows can save you up to $465 a year (which, of course, depends on your location and the number of windows you’d like to replace). This is if you choose to replace your single pane windows with more energy efficient ones.
Note that the cost savings may vary when it comes to double paned window replacement as the most you can save with double paned window replacement is around $111 in a year.
Want to save more money with your new replacement windows? Then you’ve got to think beyond the window price factor. Though high-quality energy efficient windows may seem expensive, they’re worth the sacrifice in the long run since you will not only reap the significant energy savings benefits but also receive those other advantages that we mentioned above.
In addition, these windows are also more durable compared to the cheap ones.
However, remember that the selection of the correct windows for your region and proper installation is crucial with regard to window efficiency and durability.
Author Bio: Dan Hatcher has worked in the windows business for almost 30 years. As the owner of Zen Windows Austin, he’s helped thousands of Texas homeowners lower their energy costs and save money.