The Buyers Guide to Efficient Windows | Replacement cost.
Experts say that new vinyl windows can cost an average of $19,000 for a typical 2,450 sq. ft. home. I don't know about you, but that's an insane amount of money to me. But just because the cost is high, doesn't mean that it can't work for you! Window replacement has one of the best ROI's and although you should still think about whether or not you want to replace your windows, you should take into consideration the following tips:
Price vs. Energy
If you want to get the most energy efficient windows on the market, they're going to cost you a pretty penny. However, you don't necessarily have to buy the highest-end windows to see energy efficiency. Doing some quick research will tell you pretty quickly how different types of windows will perform in your climate.
Cost and ROI
Replacing your current windows with more efficient ones can help you to see savings on your energy bill month-to-month. According to experts, you'll see a savings of up to 15% a year if you're using energy-efficient windows with low-E-coatings. Buyer beware that these savings can vary depending on local energy costs, the efficiency of the windows purchased and the ones being replaces, and the climate in which you live in. Also, check with your local energy provider to find out if you can qualify for a low-income cost.
Types of Windows
We wanted to include this last section for you to start to familiarize yourself with the different types of windows on the market.
Glazing is simply the glass used in the window. The number of layers (single, double, or triple) doesn’t always mean the window is more efficient. The other items we listed will affect a window’s energy performance depending on if they're present or not.
Low-E stands for low emissivity. This is the window’s ability to reflect and not absorb heat when it's coated with a thin metallic substance. Low-E coatings will add up to 10% to the total price. If your current windows are in pretty good shape, but you're looking for better insulation, you can purchase and self-apply Low-E films to your windows. This will be effective, but not as much as purchasing manufactured Low-E windows.
Gas fills typically consist of argon or krypton gas between glazing layers. This improves insulation and slows the heat transfer. They don't tend to work at high altitudes because the differences in air pressure causes them to leak.
Spacers separate the sheets of glass in a window to improve the insulation. The materials used are important to help prevent heat loss.
Frame materials include vinyl, wood, aluminum, fiberglass, or a combination. They each have different strengths: Vinyl windows are good insulators and are easy upkeep. Wood offers a timeless look but is affected by moisture and needs regular maintenance; fiberglass is extremely stable and very low-maintenance but it'll cost you. Aluminum is lightweight and stable, but will quickly conduct heat - this makes it a draining on energy efficiency.
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