You’ve seen the TV ads, read the big newspaper headlines and been inundated with direct mail fliers, all telling you how much money you’ll save by replacing your old windows before the winter’s cold sets in. Are the claims true? Can new windows really make that much of a difference?
The answer is “yes.” For the average home, replacing old and inefficient windows with today’s highly engineered, efficient windows actually can reduce energy use by a significant degree. And that means you’ll pay a lot less to heat your home during the winter, and to cool your home when the hot weather returns.
The U.S. Department of Energy has conducted studies that determined that a typical home loses 30% of its energy through inefficient windows and, to a lesser degree, doors. What they mean by “losing energy” is that conditioned air (heated air in winter, cooled air in summer) escapes and needs to be replaced much more frequently. So your home’s furnace fires up more often and runs longer, or your air conditioner works harder to keep things cool.
Surprisingly, most of the energy loss is not due to obvious factors like cracks, gaps and poor seals around windows. Instead, the energy is conducted right through the glass. Which is understandable, since most older windows were not designed to provide any insulating value at all. Heat and cold simply pass right through a pane of regular glass, or seep around the edges of the window frame.
Window designers tackled this huge problem from many angles, resulting in today’s modern replacement windows that include many features to stop energy loss. Instead of wooden window frames and sashes, new windows use insulated vinyl. Instead of a single fuzzy fabric seal, a new window will shut securely on a triple silicone-based seal.
Most importantly, the huge area of glass that once allowed energy to pass through like a fast freight train has been replaced with sophisticated glass “packages” that feature two or three panes of glass sandwiched around a sealed space filled with inert gas, like Krypton or Argon. The gas-filled space acts as an insulating barrier. It is so effective that many new windows are warm to the touch on the inside, even when temperatures drop below freezing outdoors.
So how much can you save? Add up the money you spend on heating oil, natural gas or propane to heat your home every month. Then add in the cost of the electricity you use to run your air conditioner all summer. Now take about one-third of that cost right off the top. That’s how much many homeowners can expect to save every year – year after year, for as long as they live in their home.
The money you’ll spend installing new windows begins to look like a very smart investment in just a short time.
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