Windows are a very important part of your home, because new windows can save you energy and increase the value of your home while giving your home an updated, fresh appearance. But just like any other home renovation project, replacing your windows can be expensive (anywhere from $150-$1000 per window depending upon the size and type of window used). When you spend the money on proper windows, you will see a positive impact on your energy bill over time.
R-Value and U-Value
One thing you want to look when looking for new replacement windows is the R-value of the window. R-Value is a rating system used in the building construction industry that indicates the thermal resistance of building products such as windows. The R-value of windows ranges from 0.9 units to 3.0 units. Five factors are used to determine R-value:
- The number of layers of glass used
- The amount of space between the layers of glass
- The material used for glazing
- How tight the windows are installed into the home
- The thermal resistance level of the all of materials used to make the window
You should also check the U-value of your windows which is the window’s ability to let heat enter or escape. U-values are usually in the range of 1.1 and 0.3. In the case of windows, the higher the R-value and the lower the U-value, the better.
See the savings
Your current windows could be raising your energy bill, especially if you have an older home. Your windows may seem to be functioning as they should, but the older they are, the less likely there is enough insulation between the jamb and the framing. Older windows can leak and although it might seem insignificant, heat and air conditioning can be lost through windows, sometimes accounting for up to 25 percent of your energy bill. Replacement windows should be high-performance and energy-efficient windows. Over time, that can add up!
For additional savings, you can install white window shades, drapes, or blinds or apply sun control or reflective film to your windows to reflect heat away from your house. At night, making sure to close curtains or pull down shades helps to protect against drafts. Be sure to check for leaks and cracks around your home and make sure to have your home properly insulated.
Although you may not be looking to spend a lot of money when the time comes to replace your windows, choosing energy-saving replacements will be worth the investment over time. Not only do energy-efficient windows put money back in your pocket, they will last longer and will add value and curb appeal to your home.. Reach out to us to request an estimate on the products we offer and we can start saving you money on your energy bills!