One of the primary selling points for new windows is their energy efficiency and ability to save homeowners money on their heating and cooling costs. But is it true? Do new windows really save energy? The short answer is yes! As for how much energy new windows save – that can vary greatly depending on many factors.
Factors That Impact Savings
Every homeowner’s situation is different, so the amount of energy new windows can save varies. Below are some of the factors that influence savings.
The Condition & Type of Windows You’re Replacing
Most people who are looking to buy new windows for their home do so because their existing windows are old and damaged, or not performing as well as they used to. Replacing any such windows with new ones is certainly going to lead to energy savings.
The type of windows you’re replacing also impacts savings. For instance, if your old windows are single-pane windows, then replacing them with upgraded, double-pane windows can lead to big savings. If you already have double-pane windows, however, the savings may not be as significant.
The Quality of the New Windows
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. If you’re purchasing lower-end, single-pane windows, you might still see some energy savings if the windows you are replacing are badly worn. But, the better your new windows’ energy ratings are, the more savings you will see. When you’re shopping for new windows, look for ENERGY STAR® and NFRC labels, as well as low U-factors and low solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs).
The Quality of the New Windows’ Installation
While choosing high-quality products is important, windows simply can’t perform their best if they aren’t properly installed. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a company with reliable installation services.
If you’re interested in having energy-efficient windows installed, contact your local experts at WindowPRO today. We’d love to schedule an in-home consultation and tell you about our premium replacement windows and installation crew.