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When Angela Lansbury made Broadway history in 1966 by challenging her audience to “open a new window!” she wasn’t talking about the literal glass frames in your walls.
But as it turns out, literally opening a new window can have a life-changing (and money-saving) impact all its own.
In fact, replacing the windows in your home is one of the most effective ways to make your house more energy-efficient — and the benefits don’t stop there.
At REenergizeCO, we help Colorado families and businesses find new ways to make life more comfortable while also reducing their monthly energy bills.
That process starts with a home energy audit, which is our chance to pinpoint what’s going wrong in your house or office (energy-wise) and make specific recommendations for affordable solutions. A staple at the top of that solutions list: replacing windows… when the price is right
So in today’s article, we’re going to look at some of the key benefits of replacing windows in a Colorado home, and then we’re going to weigh those benefits against the cost of investment.
1. Instant Savings
When families decide to replace the windows in their home, they usually see it as spending money now to save money later. And sure enough, energy-efficient windows come with substantial long-term ROI, which we’ll explore in greater detail below. But the savings actually begin earlier than you might realize.
When we perform Colorado home energy audits, it isn’t uncommon for us to find that older, single-pane windows are responsible for up to 30% of a home’s energy loss.
As soon as you install new energy-efficient windows in their place, those energy bleeds end. Accordingly, you could reduce your monthly energy bill by 25% or more, beginning in Month One.
Additionally, your local utility provider may offer rebates or other financial incentives as a reward for replacing your windows. And that’s not all — ask your accountant about the tax deductions you might be able to claim as a result of replacing your windows too!
2. Long-Term Reduction in Your HVAC Costs
Even more profound than the short-term savings are the long-term benefits of replacing windows.
Today’s energy-efficient replacement windows are specifically designed to keep heat inside or outside, depending on the time of year. That means your HVAC system isn’t working nearly as hard to stabilize the temperature in your home.
In fact, studies show that energy-efficient windows reduce the demand on HVAC units by up to 25% during their peak heating and cooling periods.
3. Life Made More Comfortable
It’s hard to put a price on the value of comfort. Home ownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream precisely because it is each person’s chance to have his or her own castle — the opportunity to create for oneself precisely the life one wants to lead.
By replacing your windows, you can do away with the constant fluctuations in home temperature that keep you donning and doffing blankets all day long.
Energy-efficient replacement windows yield instant coziness in homes that have otherwise been difficult to regulate.
Additionally, they do a better job of regulating natural light, UV rays, and external noise.
4. Increase Your Home’s Value
Home sale surveys show that houses with newer and energy-efficient windows fetch higher prices. In fact, if you installed new windows today and sold your house tomorrow, you would almost certainly catch more money than you would have yesterday.
That’s because home buyers put a lot of value in new windows. It’s a project they won’t have to invest in down the road. They also know that replacement windows confer key benefits increasing the value of their purchase:
- New windows look nicer (curb appeal).
- They are more secure.
- Because they regulate incoming UV, they prolong the life of furniture, paintings, and décor.
- They make for a more comfortable living.
- They prolong the life of the house.
- The homebuyers know they can offset the higher purchase price with the monthly home energy savings.
But Replacing Windows Is Expensive. So Let’s Take an Honest Approach.
We’ve walked through the very real benefits of replacing windows, but we haven’t yet touched on one significant reality: replacing those windows can be very expensive.
So however worthwhile the benefits might be, you have to weigh them against the initial cost of investment. Is it worth it? The answer depends on your home, your budget, your current energy profile, and your plans for selling your home, etc. We can help you make that determination during an easy home energy audit.
It may very well be that you can take steps to improve your window situation without fully replacing all of them.
At REenergizeCO, we believe in a tiered approach to replacing windows. Depending on the specifics of your home and circumstances, we might begin with improvements as small as air sealing and insulation. In others, we might work our way up to replacing windows.
We invite you to give us a call at (303) 227-1000 and learn more about your options. We’re here to help.