As winter approaches, it’s important to take the time to evaluate your home’s energy usage. In the average home, 38% of heat loss is through windows and doors. If your home has drafty single-pane windows, heat loss through windows may increase to 50%. That’s why fall is the perfect season to replace windows. Here are just a few ways window replacements can save you money.
Reduce Home Heating Bills
First and foremost, replacing your home’s windows can significantly reduce the amount of money you’re spending on home heating bills. Drafty windows that let air escape can actually lead to energy bill increases from 10% to 25%. This means that your furnace may be constantly running to overcompensate for excessive heat loss and keep your home warm and comfortable. The San Francisco Chronicle cites an Energy Star savings estimate of up to $465 each year, depending on both your location and the number of windows that are being replaced. Don’t underestimate the significant savings on home heating bills that come with choosing to replace windows.
Prevent Future Repairs
When windows are high quality and properly maintained, they can last 20 years or longer, depending on the material. Still, all windows break down eventually, and as their quality deteriorates, water and wind damage can cause the need for unintended broken windows that need repairs or replacements. Be proactive — if you notice a window leaking in your home, take immediate action and invest in a high-quality replacement.
Increase Value of Home
Finally, investing in new windows can substantially increase the value of your home, depending on the type and number of windows replaced. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, homeowners who replace their windows can get back 70% of their investment. If you plan on selling your home in the immediate or long-term future, keep in mind that new windows serve as a major selling point of any home due to their energy-saving benefits. Not to mention, they can significantly enhance your home’s curb appeal as well.
Ultimately, being aware of these significant financial benefits can help you make the best decisions regarding your home’s windows and energy usage. For more information about how replacing your home’s windows can save you money, contact Buresh Home Solutions.