Here is How Energy Efficient Windows Work
There are many benefits of energy efficient windows. Window energy savings come from the type of frame, the number of panes, and the type of glass. Older windows allow cold and hot air to enter and escape your home, driving up the cost of your energy bill. In this month’s blog, Randy J. Smith Construction & Roofing is focusing on the benefits of energy efficient windows.
Updated Vinyl or Fiberglas Frames are Better Solutions
Updated vinyl or fiberglass frames are better solutions because they don’t conduct heat well. This prevents warm air from escaping during the winter and hot air from entering during the summer.
Energy Efficient Windows Prevent Heat from Exiting
Many older windows have a single pane of glass, whereas energy efficient windows will usually have two or three panes. In between each pane of glass is a layer of inert gas, such as krypton or argon. Since these gasses are low conductivity, they prevent more heat from radiating out during colder months. They also prevent heat from coming in during summer months, keeping the home cooler.
Combined, these three elements help keep the colder weather outside and your home at the perfect temperature for you.
Save Money with Energy-Efficient Windows
For energy-efficient windows, you can expect to spend between $300 to $1,000 for each window. While this may sound expensive, it doesn’t have to be. Switching to energy-efficient windows can actually help you save money in the long run. The windows also protect your belongings from fading, and improve indoor air quality. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), drafty windows cost you dearly. Their leaks are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential cooling and heating energy use.
If you replaced any windows with Energy Star standards ones you are eligible for a tax credit. You don’t have to replace all your windows to qualify. The tax credit lets you save 10 percent of the windows cost up to $200.
New Windows Can Increase Your Home’s Value
Aside from the money-saving benefits, energy efficient windows can also help reduce outside noise, and even increase your home’s value. New windows can update and improve the look of the home inside and out. When it’s time to sell, you could recoup as much as 70 percent of the cost of the windows.
For more information on window replacements, give Randy J. Smith Construction & Roofing a call at (419)732-2388. We are happy to discuss more about the benefits of energy efficient windows.