Everyone is always looking for ways to save money. One of the best ways to save money on your home is by replacing your windows. For most homeowners, your home is your largest investment. It’s very easy to trade in those old, drafty inefficient windows for new, state-of-the-art energy efficient replacement windows.
Yahoo! Finance even recently named Window Upgrades (Replacement Windows featured as #3) as one of the “Top 5 Household Items Worth the Splurge”. Learn about the top household purchases worth their weight in gold in this video.
Save Instantly on Fuel Costs
Here in Northeast Ohio, we experience some extremely cold winters being on Lake Erie. This Cleveland winter has not been any different. Opening your electric and gas bill can be scary sometimes. Imagine saving 25% or more on your energy costs every month and being more comfortable in your home. You can accomplish this by simply replacing your old windows with high performance replacement windows.
The average gas and electric bill for a house under 1800 square feet in Cleveland is approximately $2500 annually. By replacing your windows in your home, you can expect to save at least $625 every year or 25% of the average annual cost. Most homeowners usually see higher savings. Some window companies will even guarantee it and refund the difference if you don’t see the minimum savings in your fuel usage after they are installed.
Extend the Life of Your Home
Replacing the windows greatly increases the energy efficiency of your home. But, the improved energy efficiency effects many other components in your home. In example, the demand placed on your furnace or air conditioner is greatly reduced because you won’t need to run them as often (resulting in a lower energy bill as well). Over time, since you have ran each unit less they will of course last longer and reduce the overall household costs.
Old windows have also been known to cause subsequent damage when not properly addressed. Some old windows that break and eventually deteriorate can even rot the framing of your walls and cause a disaster. Replacing those old windows with new maintenance free windows can eliminate any chance for rot and damage to your home.
Protect Your Home from Harmful UV Rays
If you choose windows with new LoE (pronounced low-e) glass coatings, the “smart glass” will allow visible light to transmit through the glass as it blocks almost all of the harmful, fading UV rays. You will be able open the drapes & shades and let the sunshine in without worrying about fading or damage to your furniture, floors, and window treatments. Your home’s belongings and accessories will last longer and look better for years to come.
Stop Spending Time & Money on Maintenance
Replacement vinyl windows can be virtually maintenance free. If you choose vinyl replacement windows, there is no need to spend time or money with repainting windows, weatherizing with plastic, or putting up and taking down storm windows. Old wood windows should be stripped, stained and sealed every couple years or as needed to protect the wood. You can also protect your exterior trim around your windows by adding color matching aluminum trim coil to cap the outside wood and protect it from the elements. You’ll never have to paint that trim again!