Updating your windows may seem like an unnecessary home reno, especially if yours appears to be in okay condition. But, upgrading to energy-efficient windows could save you more money in the long-run than your current windows can. There are also measures you can take to improve your current windows without replacing the entire unit. Here are a few options available to you:
Improve existing windows
If you cannot take on the cost of replacing all of your windows or if your windows are relatively new, consider updating a portion of them and reap the energy savings.
Caulk windows to seal them better. A professional can quickly re-caulk your windows, or you can do it yourself as well. You simply need a caulking gun and the cartridges.
Add weather stripping to the perimeter of your windows so that cold air stays out and warm air stays in. This material can be found at a hardware store and varies in price from $6 to $50 depending on the brand and length you choose.
Replacing single-pane glass with double-pane glass is another way to add insulation to your windows. A typical double-pane glass window will cost around $200, and a triple pane window will cost even more. The difference in added energy-efficiency between a single and double pane window is vast, while the difference between a double and triple pane is marginal.
Window treatments can add charm to your home and also provide shade during hotter months and insulation during colder months. Drapes, curtains, and blinds are also a great way to customize your home.
Replace old windows with energy-efficient windows
It is time for a full upgrade when your windows start to deteriorate and look dated. Cheap windows may seem appealing because of the lower initial price tag, but they can cost you more in the long-run. Energy-saving windows are worth the investment because of the hundreds you will save on your cooling and heating costs.
Check the Energy Star certification on your window choices to be sure they are adequate for your home's climate so that you are getting the most out of your investment.
New windows mean you can change the style of window you have as well. Consider awning, tilt-and-turn, casement, etc. Sliding windows do not shut as tightly when weather stripping is used, which can lead to energy loss.
Consider using aluminum, vinyl, or fibreglass instead of wood for your windows frames. Wood is susceptive to moisture damage and requires more maintenance than other materials.
Low-E coating is an excellent way to prevent heat loss while still letting in natural light. Using argon gas between two panes on a double pane window can reduce its U-value (heat transmission) and insulate your home better.
The cost of energy-efficient windows will vary depending on the glass, material, glazing, etc. It can be expensive to install energy-efficient windows, but it also saves you money on your energy bills. You can expect to save 8% when you use Energy Star certified windows. It can also add thousands of dollars to the value of your property.
Instead of thinking of a window renovation as a costly expense, consider it a valuable long-term investment. Call the professionals at Impact Contracting, and we will make sure your investment is installed correctly.