By nature of their design, energy efficient and affordable windows are meant to allow fresh air and light into a home in a way a homeowner can control; either by opening windows or installing curtains or blinds. When windows become worn or damaged, however, there may be times when air is passing through windows even when they are closed, which can make them less efficient. If you haven’t yet decided to resolve such problems with new windows, consider how energy efficient windows could contribute to much-appreciated savings.
You may be surprised that many of those hot and cold spots you have in certain rooms could be related to windows lacking sufficient insulation. Well-insulated windows boost energy efficiency by providing a better protective barrier against unwanted airflow. Better insulation can also contribute to added savings.
Lower Heating/Cooling Costs
It only stands to reason that a home where windows are keeping air inside better will be one that’s easier to heat and cool. This can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs since your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to keep your interior spaces comfy.
Better Protection for Certain Home Items
Many newer energy efficiency windows also have special coatings that block out a good chunk of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure from light coming through windows can lead to faded or damaged carpets, upholstery, and wood flooring. But with windows that block most of the sun’s powerful UV rays, you’ll save money from not having to replace home furnishings as often.
Tax/Insurance Savings for Energy Efficient Windows
According to the Energy Star website, homeowners that install new windows may receive a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the product cost. Additionally, some homeowner’s insurance providers offer discounts for new window installations.
When selecting new windows, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends choosing ones with Energy Star and NFRC labels. Also, pay attention to the U-factor. This is a measure of the rate of heat transfer. A home remodeling contractor can provide further guidance when selecting windows likely to improve your home’s energy efficiency.