Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows

Why windows need replacing

Windows tend to be like any other appliance or utility in the home.  We use and enjoy them on a daily basis without giving much thought to their deterioration and eventual wear and tear.  Although replacing damaged or old windows is usually not the most enjoyable experience, it can provide the perfect opportunity to upgrade your home.  Before we list some of the benefits of modern, energy efficient windows, let us quickly go over the most common reason windows need to be replaced.

Broken or cracked beyond repair – When windows are broken, there are obvious issues with visibility, safety, and security.  Less obvious is the impact broken windows can have on reduces your energy efficiencies while trying to maintain consistent temperatures during hot or cold seasons.

The weather has begun to age the window – Our windows are one of the first lines of defense when it comes to keeping us comfortable from extreme weather conditions.  The newer technology for glass and gas barriers in between the panes has improved the strength and energy efficiencies from older designs as well the framing that may have become weathered and worn over time.

Consider upgrading your windows.

When you need to replace your windows due to damage, or a looking to remodel and update your home, you should speak with a professional window installation company.  Newer energy efficient windows fare very well with cost-benefit analysis.  Though they may have slightly higher upfront costs, they also have more long-term cost-saving benefits these options provide.  In general “green” and eco-friendly windows cost about 15% more than other options.  The benefit to homeowners is that they can save up to 25% on their heating and cooling utility bills.

Quick tips to increase efficiency.

  • Caulking can reduce air leakage around the windows.
  • Weather-stripping is much like caulking because it will reduce air leakage around your windows.
  • Using curtains will also reduce heat loss in the winter months as well as prevent excessive cooling from high temperature.
  • Adding storm windows for a tight seal is even more efficient than caulking or weather-stripping.

Interested in learning more?

If you are considering replacing the windows in your home, we recommend calling Rock Top and scheduling a service appointment with one of our technicians.  Our expert contractors are happy to go over options with you to help you make the right decision for you and your family.

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