Contrary to common belief and most advertisements, reducing your energy consumption and the consequent bills is not the primary reason for replacing your windows, mainly because it could take several years to recoup the money you will spend on the purchase and installation of new ones. Energy Star-qualified apertures can significantly lower your energy costs by approximately 7 to 15 percent, which translates to between $27 and $111 a year for a single-story, 2,000-square-foot house featuring double pane or storm apertures, or between $126 and $465 if the home merely features single-pane windows. As such, you might be wondering why you should bother with the window replacement.
Newly installed windows can make your house more attractive, quieter, and less draughty in addition to the fact that they do not require painting. On top of reducing your carbon footprint, new installations are also easier to clean compared to the old ones that feature combination storms and screens.
It is, therefore, critical that you find the right installation for your home while considering the climatic conditions of your locality. For instance, you will need to confirm that once installed the type you opt for can effectively keep out both wind and rain without springing leaks. Even the most popular configurations and brands are significantly different when it comes to the type and material of the frames, which means they do not perform the same once subjected to either strong winds or heavy, wind-driven rain.
Window replacement involves a lot of decisions and to help you choose the most suitable, listed below is what you need to know.
Pricing is not an indication of performance
You can find that pricey apertures costing about $500 a piece are not good enough when it comes to keeping out the cold air, they may even be of average performance where it concerns keeping out the rain. Prices usually vary according to the material of the frame, with vinyl apertures scoring high when it comes to performance. Regrettably, performance is not all you will have to consider before purchase.
Match your apertures to your climate
It is important to opt for installations that perfectly fit your environment. Today, there are overall window rating scores available online, providing a place to start whenever you need to zero in on test results that apply to your locality. When looking at the test results, concentrate on the apertures that proved excellent at resisting low-temperature winds if your home is in a locality that usually has cold temperatures and high winds.
Do not overspend on the available options
Upgrades can easily add about 50 percent or even more to the initial cost of a window, which means you should focus more on the features that add value. Although low-E coatings improve the efficiency, triple glazing is most likely not necessary unless you reside in cold areas. The double-hung sashes that can tilt in make it easier to clean windows while full screens allow for optimal airflow once the top is lowered, and the bottom is raised. The fine mesh screens let in more light without obscuring the view compared to standard screens.