Posted on: 23 December 2014
If you are like many homeowners, you have probably heard that one of the best steps that you can take to winterize your home is to replace any drafty windows that you have. Replacing your drafty windows will save you money on your heating and cooling cost. While this is true, it is not the only reason to make this type of investment. There are some other reasons that may save you much more than you will realize in energy costs.
What Savings Will You Realize On Your Energy Costs?
While many manufacturers advertise that your new replacement windows will pay for themselves with the money that you will save in energy savings, this is not always true. Your savings will vary from home to home. The savings that you realize will depend on the types of windows that you are replacing, and the windows that you are replacing them with.
Homewyse.com estimates that you will pay between $348.04 - $469.03 per window for a standard size window. If you have non-standard size windows, picture windows, or other types of glass, your costs can be significantly higher. These costs can vary based on your location.
Look at the following example: If you live in a home that has 10 windows, you will pay between $4,000 - $5,000 to replace them. If you purchase some of the high end windows that can be found on the market, these costs can quickly multiply. If your heating and cooling costs are $300 per month, you will spend approximately $3,600 per year. Even if you saved 15% of your energy cost which is on the high side of savings, you would only realize $540 per year, or $45 per month. This means that it would still take you between 9 - 10 years to recoup your cost.
Which Windows Will Save You The Most?
To find the windows that will provide you with the highest level of savings, you want to find windows that will retain the most heat in your home, and that will keep the elements out. To do this you will want to look for windows that have a low U-factor. This number that can be found on your window label and it ranges from .20-1.20. The lower the number, the better job your window will do to keep your heat in your home.
You will also want to look for a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC); this is a number that ranges between 0-1. This number measures how well the window will keep the outside elements outside. Again, you want to choose the lowest number you can find.
What Is Your Comfort Worth?
Do you find yourself bundled up in a blanket when you are sitting around watching television? Do you find yourself rearranging your furniture to get away from a draft? This is also probably because of your drafty windows. Replacing your windows will increase the level of comfort that you and your family experience in your home. This is probably one of the best reasons to replace your windows. Can you really put a price on this?
The Real Savings Is In Your Re-sale Value
The real savings that can be realized by replacing your outdated, drafty windows can be seen when you get ready to sell your home. Zillow estimates that you will realize approximately 80% of your costs at the time of resale. Not only will you see an increase in price, your home will show better which may also reduce the amount of time that your home sits on the market. This alone can be priceless.
Once you have selected the right window replacement for your home, contact a window replacement company like New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc.Share