You could literally just be throwing money out the window. Your single-paned, old, or drafty windows can be just the reason. By running a heating system or air conditioner, your energy bill could just be racking up because of your windows.
As estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy, between $126 to $465 can be saved just by replacing your single-paned, old, or drafty windows with EnergyStar-rated replacement windows. Even if you claim your windows are double-paned vinyl models without the EnergyStar certification, you could save between $27 and $111. How? By replacing them with new models that are energy efficient, of course.
It is no small fit for a window to be certified by Energy Star. Certified products, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, contribute to a measurable, verifiable, and significant energy savings. Even though windows with an Energy Star rating may cost more than their un-certified windows, you are bound to get value on your investment within a short time frame.
To indicate how efficient windows are in keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter. The National Fenestration Rating Council (an energy efficiency verification and testing organization of windows and doors) uses several numbers.
Air Leakage (AL) is a term that indicates the amount of cold or hot air that escapes through windows that are closed. To indicate how much heat is gained through the window during summer and lost during winter, the U-factor is used. While the Solar Heat Gain Co-efficient (SHGC) shows how much solar warmth the windows can absorb.
The minimum Air Leakage (AL), U-factor, and SHGC numbers that meet the EnergyStar rating have been outlined by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. For residents of the Southern climate zone, when picking your windows, look for windows that have:
To get optimum return on your replacement windows investment, look out for these energy-saving numbers.
When you get the best energy efficient windows in the market, you still stand the risk of poor installation. Without knowing, money might still get lost through frame gaps.
At Four M Solutions, our unique installation method ensures not the best on aesthetic value, but the absolute best installation for keeping the warm air sound outside your home. Why invest in energy saving windows just to lose that savings with an inferior installation method.
The Added Benefits of Windows Replacement
If you are looking to add that significant value to your home, whether you are trying to refinance or sell, replacement windows are just right for you. Apart from the advantage of saving money on your cooling and heating bills, you can increase the selling price of your home. According to a report by Remodeling magazine (Cost vs. Value Report), you can get back an average of 72.9% of your vinyl window replacement’s cost!
The Time Is Now for A Window Replacement
Your home’s energy efficiency is very important. It can be quite tiring when your old windows unnecessarily pile up your cooling and heating costs. You should know by now that your low-budget ways of keeping in the cool air are very ineffective.
If you want to permanently reduce your energy bill and make your home a thing of beauty, it’s time to take those cheap solar screens away from your old windows. It’s time to invest in a solution that is unique and smart.
You can’t miss a deal on saving more on your home’s energy cost by significantly improving energy efficiency. With an added return-on-investment advantage, it’s time to get a window replacement estimate from Four M Solutions right away. Give us a call today.