When it comes to home improvement and making upgrades to your home, the cost is the biggest factor that can sometimes hold people back. This is often the case for people deciding whether or not to replace their home windows. Some think that deciding against it or putting it off for a few years will save money, however, you might be surprised to learn that it might actually be costing you.
How are my old windows costing me money?
Technology over the past two decades has improved immensely, and window technology is no exception. Today’s windows have better quality, efficiency, and provide benefits that, frankly, can’t be matched by older windows. The ugly truth is that the most costly windows could be your existing ones.
Older windows have untreated glass, which allows UV rays to penetrate the glass and enter the home. Why does that matter?
- It will raise the temperature of your home, causing your cooling bills to rise as well.
- UV rays that creep through your windows can cause artwork, curtains, wood floors, and furniture to fade, costing you money to replace them or fix the damage.
- UVA rays can actually reach your skin while you’re indoors. Although you won’t get a sunburn, it could still cause skin damage.
Single-pane and, even older ordinary dual pane, glass do not provide homes with a sufficient barrier to the elements. Consequently, inside temperatures are uncomfortable, and so are the heating and cooling costs. For example:
- Older windows that let heat out can contribute up to about 25% of your heating bill.
- Poorly insulated windows can cause significant heat loss, which isn’t a good thought as we approach another frigid cold Dubuque, Iowa winter.
- In the summer, the inside temperature of your home will rise as a result of sun penetrating the glass. This forces your air conditioner to work harder, resulting in high utility bills.
Quick fact: According to energy.gov, “heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.”
How can window replacement save me money?
So your old windows are costing you money, but can new windows actually save money? You bet. Replacement windows with Low E-Coating actually block UV rays from penetrating the glass. And, upgrading to modern, well-insulated windows will keep the heated or cooled air inside where it’s intended to be, and unwanted air outside, saving you money on energy bills.
Some home improvement projects pay off in the long run, and this is one of them. In addition, window replacement will boost curb appeal and also add to your home’s resale value. After all, windows are one of the first things that people see, and you know what they say about first impressions…
Have questions about window replacement? We at Renewal By Anderson of Eastern Iowa are happy to answer them.