You already know that broken windows need to be replaced. How about old windows? You might believe that, so long as you can still see out of your windows, you can keep them around for years and years. However, you might be surprised how much new windows can improve your home and your outlook. With new windows, you save energy and money, make your home more attractive to you and potential homebuyers, and increase your overall satisfaction in your home.
Save Energy and Money
In the past, deciding to put a lot of windows in your home meant that you had to make a big sacrifice in your energy consumption and utility bills. This concern has changed dramatically with the development of energy-efficient windows. If you have single-pane windows, you may struggle to minimize the heat from coming in during the summer, or escaping during the colder months. New double-paned windows with energy-efficient glazing slow the rate of heat transfer in and out of your home. By improving your window’s energy efficiency, you can reduce your reliance on heat or air conditioning by as much as 50 percent, notes the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Improve the Look of Your Home
No one wants to live in a home that looks drab and outdated. It may shock you how much adding new windows can change the way you see your home. New windows look sleek, stylish and clear. When you look out the windows, you will know that you can see your beautiful outdoors as crisp as a spring day. You should also know that adding new windows improves your home’s overall resale value. Remodeling’s 2014 Cost-to-Value report estimated that California families who put new vinyl windows throughout their homes add about $8,000 to the resale value. On average, homeowners who replace windows recoup about 80 percent of the cost they paid, when it comes time to sell.
With all the discussion of glazing and reducing solar heat gain, you may worry that new windows will decrease your ability to see perfectly from your windows. However, this could not be less true, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Window manufacturers have a highly accurate understanding of the delicate balance between increasing energy efficiency and ensuring that you get the wonderful benefits of natural sunlight in your home. As your windows age, it becomes more difficult for you to clean them to a shine they had when they were new. New windows with high ratings for visible transmittance (VT) will allow sunlight in, creating an inviting feel for the home without causing problems for energy consumption.
Old windows cause problems that you may not notice until you replace them. Adding new energy-efficient windows can save you money, increase your home’s resale value dramatically, and put your whole life into a better light. Contact us to request a free estimate today!