How New Windows Improve Your Homeâ€™s Efficiency
Save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills by replacing old, drafty windows, or reduce the money you spend on electricity by resealing and repairing windows with minor defects. Window replacement and repair projects exist for every budget. Donâ€™t spend another winter using more heating oil than is necessary or paying for wasted electricity due to inefficient windows.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
In the past several years, window manufacturers have made radical improvements to the efficiency of their products, and the difference in efficiency of new windows versus old windows is dramatic.
According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, there are several tangible benefits to installing new windows on your home. Not only will you enjoy savings on utility bills, but your home will feel more comfortable, you wonâ€™t see condensation on your windows anymore, and the available light in your home may even improve.
Windows even improve the longevity of things like artwork and carpet. The protective coatings of new windows limit the harmful rays that come in through the windows that fade artwork and age carpets prematurely.
Knowing When to Repair or Replace
House Logic offers a tidy checklist to help you determine if now is the right time to replace or repair your windows. They suggest repairing or replacing if any of the following is true about your windows:
- Windows are older than 15 years
- Rooms are cold in winter and hot in summer
- Windows leak water
- Windows donâ€™t open
- Glass inside the windows is cracked
- Structural integrity of the windows is rotted or loose
- Condensation occurs inside the glass
If youâ€™re on the fence about replacing your windows, know that Cost vs. Value report suggests replacing windows for homes in the state of Michigan (as well as neighboring states) offers a return-on-investment of 73% to 74% depending upon the type of windows installed. The report suggests the average window replacement project will cost a homeowner $10,049 to $11,022.
How You Can Repair Windows
The windows on your home might only be a decade old, and if theyâ€™re still functioning well on most fronts, you may choose to have them renovated instead of outright replaced. The governmentâ€™s Department of Energy offers a list of projects for improving the energy efficiency of your windows:
- Caulk the windows
- Add storm windows
- Add weather-stripping
- Employ curtains
Caulking and weather-stripping are a popular option for stopping air leaks around the edges of the windows. Caulk is used for cracks on stationary surfaces while weather-stripping is used on the parts of windows that move. The addition of storm windows can further reduce leaks and improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
When you discuss the best way to improve your windows, your contractor should be able to provide some numbers on the cost-effectiveness of repair versus replacement.
Extensive Green Remodeling
Your options for improving your homeâ€™s energy efficiency range from simple to complex, and one of the most impressive projects is called a deep energy retrofit. This process is also referred to as superinsulating, and itâ€™s a combination of air sealing, insulation upgrades, and HVAC improvements.
â€œSuperinsulating a home can radically improve the energy performance of an old house. These so-called deep energy retrofits achieve household energy up to 90% by addressing all (or nearly all) energy loads â€” space conditioning, hot water, lighting, appliances, and plug loads â€” and sometimes even transportation.â€
A deep energy retrofit isnâ€™t the choice for every homeowner. However, itâ€™s a radical solution to consider if youâ€™re looking at extensive renovations because of the age and condition of the home. In addition to windows, these retrofits also impact the HVAC system, plumbing, lighting, and appliances. The process may even install alternative energy sources for wind and solar power.
Get the Most From Your Replacement Windows
Is your head swimming with all the choices you have for your new windows? Let Laurence Smith Window and Door help you choose the best energy-efficient windows for your home. Contact us today for a free consultation on your home improvement plan.