If you see your curtains swaying from a breeze with the windows closed then you probably need replacement windows. Drafts coming through unseen cracks of window frames are one of the leading causes of lost home heat and air conditioning.
Vinyl Replacement Windows
There are many brands in the window industry such as Anderson, Pella, Marvin, Milgard, Jeld-Wen. In general, if you choose one of the products from these companies, you are choosing the best that isout there. Most of these companies produce high quality vinyl windows. Being one of the best types of replacement windows and materials, vinyl never has to be painted, and it never warps or rots like wood. It is also much more attractive that standard aluminum windows which cover many homes.
Single or Double Pane?
Houses built before the 80’s generally have single pane windows. When replacing windows with cheaper and lower quality than double pane, the long-term expense of single pane windows can be staggering. Even if the unseen open spaces are covered to avoid allowing drafts, the heat and cold transfer of a single pane of glass can make a big difference. For example, using ENERGY STAR replacement windows, double pane,cansave as much as $500 per year by choosing double over single pane windows.
Time is also a factor. Double pane windows that have lost the vapor barrier between the panes over time can also cost money. A new set of ENERGY STAR double pane replacement windows can potentially pocket another $100/year in savings. Glass panes alone are one of the worst insulators that can be used. but add a second pane with a vapor barrier in between, and you have one of the best. Add vinyl replacement windows to the plan, that will never rot or rust, and the savings in energy costs simply grow.
Did you know that the correct replacement windows can save money on your homeowners insurance? They improve security as double panes simply make it harder for intruders to break in. With the right kind of locking mechanism you’ll be even safer. Increased safety equals lower insurance rates.
Some studies show that heating and air conditioning costs can increase 25% with improper windows. With quality replacement windows, you can save 30% on energy costs. With the energy-efficient models, you can save up to 50%. Difficult New England winters will no longer lower your bank account, and harshly hot Arizona summers will not draw the dollars out of your pocket book. What replacement window price should you look for? A moderately priced window can cost approximately $600. The best window out there will be about $850. With heating or cooling costs of about $300 a month, you’ll potentially have a savings of $1800 a year. It will take just a few years to pay for your new windows.