Understanding Energy-Efficient Windows
New windows offer one of the best returns on investment of any home improvement because they provide energy savings.
Replacing your old inefficient single pane or metal double panel windows with replacement insulated windows increases efficiency when heating and cooling your house – THIS SAVES YOU MONEY!
When you choose new windows, appearance is often the first consideration. Initial cost is the next issue: Which window within the favored style costs the least? Cost really depends on durability and on the energy dollars pumped through the windows each year.
Windows are thermal holes. An average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows. Energy-efficient windows save money each and every month. There are even some cases where new windows can be net energy gainers.
The payback period for selecting energy-efficient units ranges from 2 years to 10 years. In new construction, their higher initial cost can be offset because you’ll probably need a smaller, less expensive heating and cooling system. And more-durable windows may cost less in the long haul because of lowered maintenance and replacement costs. Plus, you’ll be more comfortable the whole while you live with them.