If your home is older, if you have single pane windows or simply windows in need of repair, you may be considering taking care of window replacement in Alaska before winter starts. But replacing your windows is an investment, and if you aren’t quite sure it will pay off financially, you may be hesitant in making that call. If you’re on the fence about replacing your windows, here are a few points to consider.
Cut down on your energy bill
Of course, the number one reason most people replace their windows is to reduce their energy costs. However, although you are guaranteed to reduce your energy bill, the total savings over the lifetime of you windows varies depending on the type of windows you have, the energy efficiency of the new windows you purchase, the size of your home and the climate you live in. On average, replacing your windows will reduce your energy bill by about 15 percent, resulting in significant savings over the lifetime of your windows.
Reduces heat convection
Most older homes have single pane windows. Studies show that single pane windows allow for a lot of heat to be lost right through the windowpane. In fact, on a cold day, you may even be able to feel a “draft” coming right through the glass. Today, double and even triple paned windows are an option. These windows significantly reduce the loss of heat through heat convection. Studies show that upgrading to double or triple paned glass reduces heat loss by 25 to 50 percent.
Get a tax credit
Investing in energy efficient windows is a great way to go green, and the government is willing to reward you for that. Replacing your windows with energy efficient windows with a high Energy Star rating will bring you a tax credit of up to $500—not to mention the fact that you’re doing something good for the environment.
If you have older windows, you may notice moisture accumulating on the glass once you turn your heat on. These moisture spots on your glass and around your windows become the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Mold is not only gross, but it is dangerous to the health of your family as well. By replacing your windows, you will be reducing the moisture and the likelihood of mold growth in your home.
Increases resale value
At the end of the day, regardless of energy savings, new windows just look great. Replacing your windows definitely adds to your home’s overall curb appeal and increases its market value. Studies show that buyers are willing to pay for the beautiful look and functionality of new windows, so your return on investment could be up to 85 percent due to the increased selling value of your home alone.
Before spring is here, you’ll have spent hundreds of dollars in energy costs just trying to keep your home comfortable. Investing in window replacement in Alaska will not only help reduce your energy costs, but it will also help protect the environment, your home and your family. To learn more about window replacement and the quality glass options available today, contact Replacement Glass.