At Powervine Energy, we understand energy – both how it comes into your home and how it leaves. We strive to provide our extended family of customers with energy smarts: helpful information on how to conserve energy and reduce usage to help reduce your energy bills.
Windows play a huge role in your energy usage. In fact, an average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks around windows and doors. And, depending on the age of your windows, you could be losing even more without even noticing it.
Replacing windows can be a large investment, so it must be done with care. Another option is to improve your existing windows. Even modest improvements can help you achieve surprising savings. To help navigate this complex home improvement project, we’ve created this article to help you decide which energy saving option is the best for you.
Replacing windows or improving older windows in your home can be one of the most effective ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. The right energy-efficient windows can serve you well year-round and significantly reduce your utility bills – whether while heating your home in the cold months or cooling your home in warm ones.
Let’s take a look at the two options available to you: upgrading your existing windows and installing new windows.
There are several things to consider when it comes to replacing your current windows with more energy-efficient options. The first is making sure your new windows contain an ENERGY STAR® label as evidence that they have been reviewed by The National Fenestration Rating Council as having energy-efficient properties.
A second consideration is replacing any single-paned windows with double-paned models that contain high-performance, cost-effective glass. These double-paned models may be more of an initial investment, but can return significantly more savings over the years.
If you are considering window replacement, here are some additional things to keep in mind:
If you’re not ready for full-on replacement, here are a few options to help you save money by increasing the energy efficiency of your current windows:
When it comes to making the windows in your home more energy efficient, remember that you always have plenty of options. Whether that involves investing in completely new windows throughout your home or simply taking steps to improve your current setup, rest assured that there is always a solution that can fit perfectly with your needs and your budget.
Whether you decide on total replacement windows or just improving your current windows, we hope the tips in this article will help guide you to the best option for improving the energy efficiency of your windows and enjoying significant energy savings for many years to come!