Cooler (and by that I mean COLD) weather is on its way to many regions of North America. One strategy to make sure that energy bills don’t rise as mercury falls, particular in older homes, is the installation of energy efficient windows.
So, what do you need to know about a project like that, and about the kinds of results you’ll get? Exterior expert and writer Robby Monk from Exovations is here to shed a bit of light on this important area as summer fades, and autumn looms…
Energy efficient appliances are widely praised for their ability cut down on your electric bills and energy consumption, but did you know your home also could be outfitted to include energy efficient windows and doors? Windows and doors are the most significant contributor to your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Outdated windows that perhaps have ruptured gas seals are responsible for the biggest percentage of wasted energy in homes.
Energy efficient windows and cost savings
According to the Energy Star website (Energy Star is a joint program started by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy), changing from standard windows and doors to energy efficient ones can lower energy bills and carbon footprints on the environment as much as 15%. By replacing outdated single-pane windows with their energy-efficient counterparts, you can save $146-$501 per year and cut 1,147-3,839 pounds of carbon dioxide. That’s equivalent to saving 59 to 196 gallons of gasoline a year.
Energy efficient windows and doors also can dramatically reduce utility bill costs. By switching to these newer windows and doors, homeowners can realize a savings of nearly 50% annually. According to Energy Star, these doors and windows are made with multiple glazings, gas fillers, improved frame masters and warm edge spacers. These features keep warm air inside the home during the winter and the cold air out. These same innovations also allow cool air to remain inside longer, eliminating the need to run the air conditioner for long periods of time.
Energy efficient windows: noises off!
Additionally, energy efficient windows and doors help lower outside noise pollution. The same layer of gasses and material that help prevent air from escaping your home act as a buffer to the outdoors, preventing noises from coming into the home. These buffers also help prevent sun damage to wood furniture. The protective gasses and coatings in the glass of energy efficient windows and doors prevent nearly 100% of ultraviolet rays from entering the home and damaging wood furniture in direct sunlight. These windows and doors also prevent condensation from entering the home, which can cut down, if not eliminate, mold and mildew damage.
Energy efficient windows and doors are a wise investment for any homeowner. Though they price is a little higher for these windows and doors, many come with a number of tax incentives. These worthwhile investments can be passed on to the home’s next owner as well. Energy efficient windows and doors can increase the property value of the home, not to mention be of great appeal to potential buyers.
Robby Monk is an online marketing professional for Exovations who enjoys writing on home improvement and outdoor living. Exovations is one of the largest home improvement and remodeling contractors in the southeast that specializes in home siding, window replacement and deck building just to name a few. You can follow Exovations on Twitter.