Window replacement is probably something that you think about every so often, but cringe at the cost. When you take into consideration the overall cost savings that energy efficient windows will provide over the long run, you will feel much better about replacing the windows on your home. If you live in an older home, chances are your windows are very energy inefficient. Older windows are likely to have leaks from bad seals and no protective coating to keep the hot air out and the cool air in during the hot summer months.
Just how do you tell if your windows are inefficient? Take a look at your energy bills. Are they higher than you anticipate they should be? Or maybe you have asked a neighbor about their energy bills and the difference is quite large. If you find that this is the case for you, the first culprit to look at is your windows. Have you noticed any cold air drafts coming into your home in the winter? If you are colder in one area of your home than another, a draft is a likely problem. If your air conditioner seems to never shut off in the summer, chances are the outside heat is getting into your home, refusing to give your air conditioner a break.
If you decide that your windows are energy inefficient it is time to look at your options. Choose a frame material that offers the thermal protection that you need in your home. You should also consider windows that offer glazing, low e-coatings and fill gases to help eliminate the threat of drafts and leaks that take away the precious cool or hot air in your home, filling it with outdoor elements.
Energy efficient windows might cost you a significant upfront investment, but when you take the pencil to paper and calculate your savings over the long run, your return on investment will be much greater than your old inefficient windows. Choosing window replacement for your older home will still allow you to keep the architectural aesthetic appeal that you desire while decreasing your energy bills and saving you money.