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10 Reasons to Replace Your Windows
Windows maintain the temperature in your home, keeping the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. To capture upon the benefits of windows, it is important to have well sealed, efficient, and double paned glass window. The benefits to having quality windows are endless, including rebates with the heating company and improving the look of your home. Let’s look at great reasons that you may wish to consider when upgrading the windows in your home.
Energy Efficient Windows : Savings
1. Rebates from utility companies are given for new, energy efficient windows. Rebates are often given for homes that purchase new energy efficient windows. For more information, you can contact your local energy company to obtain specific details on these energy incentives. These incentives could save you hundreds per year.
2. Utility bills become less expensive with good quality windows. Quality windows ensure that the home uses less gas to heat the home. This commonly results in a noticeable reduction in your monthly utility bills. Imagine the money that will be saved each month and at the end of the year! When you add up the savings, the new windows will essentially pay for themselves.
3. Cracked and broken windows are dangerous. Cracked and broken become even more dangerous once winter arrives, as the glass becomes brittle and cold. If you have children in the home, they are in great danger if they play or sleep in a room with old windows. Further concerns are the drafts that old windows cause, as well as the potential illnesses these drafts can cause your family members.
4. Save the environment. Windows that are energy efficient use less natural gas, which is most often used to heat homes. Using less natural gas decreases green house gases emitted into the environment, thereby protecting our planet from global warming.
5. Many old windows are made of dangerous materials. Old windows may contain lead paint, which is dangerous for children and adults alike. Upgrading not only reduces bills and increases the aesthetics of a home, but it may also protect your health.
Replace Windows vs. Old Windows
6. Inefficient windows leaks. Leaking windows allow water to come into the home, both in front and behind the walls. Mold is a dangerous by product of moisture entering the home, and it can be detrimental to your family’s health and the resale value of your home.
7. Old windows are commonly single paned. Double paned windows lock out more moisture and cold than old, single paned windows. These old windows have a tendency to freeze open or shut, and they feel icy to the touch. In addition, they are known to develop frost on the inside of the window, increasing the chances of breakage, which causes damage to the home.
8. Old windows may mean old sealing. Old sealing could let in moisture and lead to mold – putting your family and your home in danger. Mold can spread quickly throughout your entire home, and it has the potential to be life threatening.
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9. New efficient windows are on sale, at a price that can’t be beat! Some stores offer rebates make new windows nearly impossible to resist! Many retailers not only offer great deals on the windows themselves, but on installation as well.
10. New windows are aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are renovating or painting the outside of your home, windows instantly perk up the aesthetics of your house.
If you are simply looking to enhance the safety, security and overall health of your home, new windows offer countless benefits. New windows will increase the value of the home and assist in obtaining a higher resale value, which is critical in today’s real estate market.
When to replace
- Look for these signs as indicators that old windows need to be replaced:
- Poor performance — opening and closing is a difficult task; air leaks in, out or around the window; condensation or fogging occurs on or between glass panes; windows are painted or nailed shut and virtually impossible to open
- Looks — chipping, deterioration or water stains of the window or the area around the window (inside or out) is a sure sign; outdated design or style that doesn’t blend well with the rest of the home
- Effort — cleaning is a major hassle and another chore to be avoided; replacement parts are hard to find or even non-existent
Style and lifestyle considerations
- Windows can deteriorate much faster on one side of the house than the other due to differences in sunlight and weather exposure
- Keep in mind that new windows can differ in the type of style, as well as type of glass from older models, even if you’re trying for a close match
- To keep the exterior appearance consistent, consider replacing all the windows on one side (or one level if it’s a two-story house) at the same time
- New replacement windows help seal out the sounds of nature, traffic, or noisy neighbors — thanks to improved design and performance which enhances their soundproofing ability
- If you’re replacing siding, replace windows before the siding, so that siding can be fit to the new windows, for a neater appearance and better overall energy efficiency
Improve energy efficiency
- To better protect interior furnishings, opt for Low-E (low emissivity) glass coatings, which help reduce heat transfer and ultraviolet (UV) rays that can fade carpets, walls and furniture. Low-E glass reflects heat back to its source, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Be aware that Low-E windows will typically appear slightly darker than standard glass when viewed from the exterior of the home, to offer greater interior protection and energy efficiency.
- Replacing old single-pane windows with today’s energy-efficient double- or triple-pane glazing can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs
- Replacing fixed units (windows that do not open) with operable venting windows and doors (those that do open) can improve the flow of fresh air throughout your home
- To add to overall energy efficiency, look for products that have qualified for the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® standards; selecting windows and doors that have earned the ENERGY STAR distinction can help you achieve substantial savings on heating and cooling costs
- Typical residential windows can cost $600-$1,000 per window to replace (the actual amount will vary, based on the type and style of materials used and regional differences in installation)
- If your window frames are in excellent condition, the easiest way to replace is to remove old sashes and put a replacement window into the old frame. This allows the existing trim to remain in place. If frames are worn or damaged, replace the entire window unit.
- When planning a window replacement project, it’s important to approach the steps in your project in the right sequence. Measure your windows first, then choose, purchase and receive your replacement windows. Only then should you remove your old windows to make ready for your new windows.
- A basic window replacement project often can take place in less than an hour
- If the window opening is not square or other challenges become evident, contact a local window expert for assistance
- If sizes or options featured in original windows are no longer available in standard size offerings, special windows can be manufactured to your specific size and style needs
- For the ultimate in convenience, contact Hart’s Energy, your local expert to schedule an in-home appointment to help provide solutions for your replacement window and door needs