Homeowners who are looking to sell their houses or save more money on the long run should consider replacing their old windows with new energy efficient ones. Replacing windows might not be the most budget-friendly project when it comes to home improvement, but it sure has lots of great advantages that overweighs that. —
There are lots of window materials a homeowner must consider when starting with such a project. To read more about the six most popular window materials, follow this link. But all in all, when properly selected and installed, energy efficient windows can help minimize not only heating and cooling costs, but also costs of lighting as well. The windows will end up paying for themselves, eventually. It is safe to say that when choosing energy-efficient windows, homeowners can expect energy savings between 30 to 50 percent, depending on their chosen models.
To be more specific, clear glass, double-paned vinyl or wood-framed windows can save up to 24 percent of energy in cold climates during winter, and by up to 18 percent in hot climates during summer, compared to old single-pane models. Additionally, energy efficient windows help improve the comfort at home by reducing drafts and hot spots.
Windows particularly marked with the Energy Star label can cut fuel bills by as much as $340 per year. Furthermore, new windows can reduce the wear and tear of furnaces and air conditioners, which also means that they are great for the environment; as they use less energy, they also burn less fossil fuel, which in turn means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Saving energy and costs are all great reasons to replace old windows. But doing that will also benefit homes in other ways. Choosing the right color, style, and material can dramatically improve the beauty of a home inside and out, boost its curb appeal, and return owners to 71-78% of the cost of the project when it is time to resell.
On top of the reasons mentioned above, modern windows offer other advantages as well; they can notably buffer noise coming from outside the house and reduce outdoor noise pollution, which is a great investment for people looking for more peace and quiet, and the ones who live in busy urban areas, and they can also block ultraviolet rays that might cause fabrics and floors to fade or deteriorate.
Replacing old windows is not an easy or cheap project, but it is certainly a great investment which will prove to be worthwhile in time.
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