Saving money is a dream for many. Even those who earn a stable income find it difficult to make ends meet by the end of the month. As salaries have a hard time keeping pace with inflation and prices, there's no wonder most of us struggle to keep tabs on our monthly bills. Home improvement is one of the best things you can do to lower your monthly energy bills for the longer term. Let's see, for instance, how energy-efficient windows can save you money. They may seem expensive at first glance, but if you do the math, you'll probably decide, this is the way to go to keep your electricity consumption under control.
The biggest problem of most homes is their thermal insulation. In fact, windows are responsible for the most amount of heat that gets wasted. Furthermore, houses and apartments featuring very large windows are real energy hogs. Keeping a comfortable temperature inside these homes is a challenge and a huge expense. However, many people are willing to put up with this inconvenience only to enjoy the benefits of large windows that allow a lot of light to enter the rooms. These homeowners are the first to realize the advantages energy-efficient, modern windows can offer them. Double-glazed or triple-glazed windows can slash their monthly energy bills, making this investment well worth it. In addition, the glass itself has superior insulation properties, so it contributes to keeping the indoor temperature at the desired setting without a big energy expense. If you do the math, you might find out that your new windows will pay for themselves pretty fast.
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The first way energy-efficient windows help you save money is by reducing the temperature exchange between the indoor air and the outdoor environment. This means that the temperature in your room will reach the desired setting much faster than in homes with old and outdated windows. The faster you can achieve your temperature goal, the less your heating or cooling system will need to work. The direct outcome of this shorter operating time is a decrease of the energy consumed.
Moreover, the temperature will stay consistent for a much longer time. When windows aren't energy efficient, the temperature exchange will determine a relatively fast alteration of the ideal indoor temperature. This will trigger the HVAC system to put more effort into bringing the temperature back to the desired setting. Energy-efficient windows prevent such rapid indoor temperature variations. Once you create a comfortable indoor environment, you can enjoy it for a very long time, provided that you don't open your windows or doors too often. In such circumstances, you'll save money by not having to waste so much energy to compensate for the temperature exchange occurring at the surface of the glass.
The fact that your HVAC system will have less work to do will have a direct influence on its useful lifespan. The less it works, the less frequently it might need repairs. Also, you'll be able to enjoy it for a much longer time before needing to replace it. All these can help you save money, considering that air conditioning and heating systems are relatively expensive and cumbersome to repair and maintain.
You might think that you could achieve this level of thermal insulation by installing some energy-efficient window treatments. Indeed, thermal insulating curtains, drapes, and shades can help you decrease your energy consumption. However, the best of these systems are quite expensive, so you'll have to spend a lot of money to achieve good thermal efficiency. If you also consider that they may need replacement every few years, you can easily see that they are actually more expensive long-term than the high-quality energy-efficient windows we recommend.
Some modern window models come with UV protection. They stop the UV rays from entering your home, thus protecting your carpets and your furniture from direct sunlight damage. This is yet another way to save money by not having to replace your carpets and your furniture too often. Old windows use common glass that doesn't offer any protection against UV rays. This means that they can't stop the daylight from damaging your carpets, your window treatments, and your furniture. Even the cheapest double-glazed windows can do a much better job at preventing this kind of damage to your belongings. Just take a look at some carpet and furniture prices, and you'll quickly see how much money you could save by simply upgrading your old windows.
Last but not least, modern windows provide a decent level of sound insulation. You'll feel more comfortable, more relaxed, and more optimistic. You'll be able to listen to your favorite music without having to increase the volume to cover street sounds. This won't save you money, but it may prevent you from needing sleeping pills and therapy sessions. You can consider it an indirect money saver, anyway.
As you can see, there are many ways energy-efficient windows can save you money. In order to estimate the savings, you should calculate the price of your new windows, as well as your current monthly energy consumption. Then, you have to estimate your new energy consumption to see how much you can save every month. In addition, you'll have to take into account the longer lifespan of your HVAC system, carpets, furniture, and window treatments.
If you need help with a price estimate, contact us now to get a free custom quote on the different types of windows we can provide. We'll be happy to come out and discuss cost, options, and timing, in order for you to be able to make an informed decision on whether to replace your old windows with newer better looking more efficient windows before the hot weather is upon us once again.