Keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer can be challenging with drafty old windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% – 35% of energy use for residential heating and cooling come from heat gain and heat loss. At Garden State Brickface & Siding we offer energy efficient replacement windows that can help you save on heating costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
How Much Can I Save?
Aging windows can be a culprit for high utility bills, especially if they are single-paned. Installing quality energy efficient replacement windows like those certified by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) or Energy Star can lead to significant long term savings and keep your home more comfortable. The DOE estimates that homeowners can save $125 to $465 a year on cooling and heating costs by replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones.
You may save even more depending on the climate where you live and whether you replace all the windows in your home. Energy Star studies show that switching single pane for double pane replacement windows can save consumers up to 31% on heating and cooling costs. Your savings will be more modest if you have existing double pane windows and decide to replace them with wood, vinyl, or composite energy efficient windows .
Choosing Windows That Maximize Your Investment
There are a few factors to consider when looking for new windows. Multiple panes, high quality window frames, low-E glass, spacers, and argon gas between panes are all features of energy efficient replacement windows that will help you save on heating costs.
Another aspect to consider is functionality. You want windows that are constructed with strong, durable materials that resist cracking, warping, and rot. Double paned replacement windows also help absorb sound waves, which can make your home environment a lot quieter.
If you can, replacing all the windows in your home at once is better for maximizing energy efficiency. If you have a few windows that are still letting air leak in and out, your heating and cooling bills may not go down as much as you had anticipated.
Elements Of Replacement Windows That Can Save On Heating Costs
Double and triple paned windows aren’t just comprised of more than one pane of glass. Their multilayered construction consists of spacers between panes and are sealed to prevent air from entering or escaping. Some windows are also filled with argon gas, which adds an extra layer of insulation and increases energy efficiency.
The design and materials of the perimeter of the window are important as well. Some energy efficient windows feature Duralite spacers, which are comprised of a hollow cavity that traps air. With an adhesive that’s formulated to resist extended exposure to UV rays and water, these windows offer added performance and longevity in all types of weather conditions.
For maximum savings on heating costs, the hardware on your windows should be durable and easy to use. On double-hung windows, sometimes the upper sash will slide down slightly, which creates a gap at the top. This gap allows cold or hot air to get in, which can lead to increased cooling and heating costs. Window locks with a secure fit ensure that your sashes are fully closed, which prevents air infiltration and maintains energy efficiency.
Find An Experienced Replacement Window Contractor
The best way to find out how replacement windows can help you save on heating costs is to have an experienced professional come out, assess the condition of your windows, and give you an estimate. They can offer advice on ways to help cut down on utility costs and provide you with replacement window options.
Some of the technical jargon associated with newer windows can be confusing. A knowledgeable contractor can explain it in language that’s easy to understand, which can help you make informed decisions about which type of replacement window to choose for optimal energy efficiency.
Contact Us To Learn More About Replacement Windows
For more than 65 years, Garden State Brickface & Siding has provided exceptional craftsmanship, materials, and service to customers throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. To learn more about saving on heating costs with new replacement windows, contact us online or call 908-241-5900 to schedule a free estimate. We offer flexible financing options to fit your home improvement needs and budget.