In an article published by the Atlanta Home Improvement website in 2011, the authors discussed some myths about replacing your windows that were interesting and very insightful for individuals contemplating whether or not to replace their old windows. Some of the myths included the following:
These are questions that we get on a regular basis as a company when homeowners are looking at replacing their old windows. Just as the article answers these myths we'd like to take a second to discuss the truth about these questions and the benefits of replacing your windows.
If you are living in a house with original single pane or even double pane windows, you probably experience a regular draft during the cold months and significant heat during the warm months, so in other words you're having to use your heater more often during the winter and your ac during the summer. This is the main reason that the myth that changing your windows doesn't save that much energy is just flat out wrong. In fact, the main drafts - whether hot or cold - that you will receive in your home will be because of old windows and/or insufficient insulation.
It is definitely true that replacing your windows is not the cheapest thing around, but it's also not the most expensive thing around. And, with the energy you'll save you will see immediate savings on your energy bills. Take for example your heating bill: with old single pane windows you may have to run your heater for the majority of the day to keep your house warm. This is because the draft that is leaking in from outside is causing your house to continue to get colder, thus forcing you to run your heater for more hours of the day. With energy efficient windows this time will be significantly reduced, which will reduce the time you use your heater, which will reduce your energy bills during the winter. So although replacing your windows may look like a large investment, it will pay off almost immediately.
It may be tempting to go the easy route and fix a crack here and there, but unless it's an easy fix replacing your window/s will always be the better option. As stated in the article, “It’s almost impossible to repair a window or door in a way that significantly improves its energy efficiency. Modern, high-performing, energy-efficient windows combine insulating glass, inert gas fills, low-emissivity coatings, high-performance framing materials, tight weatherstripping and other features to achieve their rated performance. These manufacturing improvements would be nearly impossible to incorporate into an existing window.”
As a company that has replaced over 100,000 windows, we know that there are a lot of really good windows to purchase that will save you and your family a lot of money on your energy bills. If you live in Northern California, schedule a free consultation to see how you can save on your energy bills in upgrading your windows.