21 Oct Reaping the Benefits of Replacement Windows: Lower Your Energy Bills
This year, costs have only continued to climb. As a result, many of us are hoping to find new ways to break down our bills and pay less overall, as inflation is top-of-mind.
But what if we told you that a home improvement project could actually save you money?
Specifically, we’re referring to your windows.
Common Causes of the Higher Cost
When it comes to your energy bills, your windows may not be the first things that come to mind. But what if they told you they actually play a crucial role in how energy efficient your home is?
This is because “windows typically occupy about 15 to 20 percent of the surface area of the walls,” according to the Pennsylvania State University. “Windows lose more heat per square foot of area in winter and gain more heat in summer than any other surface in the home.”
Consequently, if you have cracks or leaks in your window frames, your money will slip out along with your indoor comfort.
Additionally, your home is not optimized for energy-related success if you have single-pane windows. This is because they act as poor insulators. Thus, even if they were installed properly and feature no structural defects, they can still be costing you more money than you’d expect.
Options for Optimization
Based on the aforementioned, you have two ways to enhance your energy efficiency, thereby decreasing your energy bill:
- Check for and repair cracks and leaks around your windows
- Upgrade to dual-pane, energy-efficient windows
But, why upgrade to replacement windows with two glass panes?
“In between these panes of glass, manufacturers of energy-efficient windows insert an inert gas like argon or krypton,” according to realtor.com, which was established by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). “Because these are denser than air, they reduce the amount of air that is transferred into and out of your house.”
In other words, they optimize your insulation.
Oftentimes, you may also find low-emissivity (“low-e”) glass, wherein a thin layer of metallic oxides serves to…
- Control infrared light
- Reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays
Replace, Repair, Renew(al by Andersen)
When you’re ready to embark on your window replacement journey, don’t let the details fall through the cracks.
“First look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying new windows,” the U.S. Department of Energy recommends. “Then review ratings on the energy performance label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to find the most efficient windows for your needs.”
Otherwise, you can always rely on Renewal by Andersen® of Florida! We offer…
- State-of-the-art High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass
- Revolutionary Fibrex® frames
- Expert installation
- And more!
To learn more or schedule your FREE consultation with our locally-trusted team, contact us today by calling (855) 830-2420! We look forward to helping you renew your home comfort and costs.