If you adhere to the “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, you may have original windows in your home. After all, if you can see through the ones you have, why bother replacing them? One obvious reason for window replacement is the money you will save, but does it really make a difference?
Most people are familiar with Energy Star products, and how they only promote energy efficient products. According to their research, in California, upgrading from single pane windows, to new Energy Star approved windows will save an average household $126 annually. While that isn’t as high as some areas of the country, it still helps pay for the windows over time, and you can also rest assured that you are doing your part in helping the environment by not wasting electricity to heat and cool your home.
There are other benefits in addition to financial savings. New windows will raise the value of your home, and in most cases, if you were to sell your home you would get a 100% return on investment. They will also update the look of your house, giving you instant curb appeal.
One of the other benefits people enjoy from new windows is less maintenance and hassle. They are easier to clean than the older windows, and if you choose a vinyl frame, there will never be a need to paint or stain the frames again. If you ever have to fight with your windows to open or close them, you’ll never have that problem with new replacement windows.
With the insulating properties of energy efficient windows also comes the benefit of reduced sound transmission. Your house will be quieter as your windows block out noise from traffic and neighbors. In the same way, the sound inside your house will not be easily heard outside, so there’s less chance of neighbors hearing your every conversation.
Lastly, new windows will give you increased security. The glass in these windows has more strength than older designs, making it hard for an intruder to get through. In addition, many offer additional locks and features that make them more secure.
If you’re wondering whether replacement windows will really save you money, the answer is a definitive yes. But in addition to financial savings you will reap many other benefits when you choose new windows for your home. If you live in Southern California and would like more information, contact us.