If your home has old, single-paned, or drafty windows, you could literally be throwing money out the window every time you run your air conditioner or heating system.
The Department of Energy estimates that you can save between $126 and $465 a year when you replace old single-pane windows with EnergyStar rated replacement windows. Even if your windows are double-paned vinyl models, but are not EnergyStar qualified, you could save between $27 and $111 by replacing your windows with newer, energy efficient models.
How To Choose the Best Replacement Windows for Energy Efficiency
It’s not easy for a window to receive an EnergyStar rating. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, certified products must contribute significant, measurable, and verifiable energy savings. Although EnergyStar windows may cost more than their counterparts, buyers will recoup their investment within a reasonable time frame.
The National Fenestration Rating Council, an organization that tests and verifies the energy efficiency of windows and doors, uses several numbers to indicate how well a specific window works to keep homes cool during the summer and warm in the winter.
The U-factor indicates how much heat goes into a window during the summer, and out during the winter. The Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient (SHGC) describes how much warmth the windows absorb from the sun. Air Leakage describes how much air (hot or cold) escapes through closed windows.
The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have outlined minimum U-factor, SHGC, and AL numbers for windows to achieve an energy star rating in various parts of the country.
In Greensboro and surrounding areas of the South Central U.S., you should look for windows with a U-factor and an AL of 0.30 or less, and a SHGC of 0.25 or less. This will help maximize your energy savings so you can be sure of the best return-on-investment for your replacement windows.
Properly Installed Windows Save You More
Of course, you can choose the most energy efficient windows in the world, but if they are not installed properly, your money will leak right out the gaps in the frame. Roofing-Pro has three decades of experience in the Piedmont Triad installing new and replacement windows for our customers. We guarantee to do the job right, in order to maximize your investment.
Window Replacement Brings Added Benefits
In addition to all the money you’ll save on heating and cooling costs, window replacement can add to your home’s value significantly, which is a benefit if you’re looking to sell or refinance. You could recoup an average of 72.9 percent of the cost for vinyl window replacement when you sell your home, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.
Now’s the Time for Window Replacement
If you’re tired of using low-budget ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, it’s time to pull that cheap plastic wrap off your old windows. Instead, invest in a solution that will beautify your home and reduce your energy bills permanently.
With energy efficiency and cost savings today plus a return-on-your-investment tomorrow, there’s no reason not to call Roofing-Pro for a window replacement estimate right away.