Are Energy Efficient Windows Worth It?

Dec 17, 2021

It’s common knowledge that windows can provide a lovely view of your outdoor property, flood your home with mood-boosting natural light, and can boost the curb appeal of your home. However, did you know they can also play a role in your home’s heating and cooling costs? It all depends on their energy efficiency, and the idea of lowering monthly energy bills is one of the many reasons homeowners choose energy efficient windows, but are energy efficient windows really worth the investment? If you’re considering energy efficient windows for your home, here is what you need to know:

What Are Energy Efficient Windows?

Energy efficient windows are designed to reduce thermal transfer by keeping cooled or heated air from escaping your home. This means you’ll spend less time fiddling with the thermostat and will use up less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, thus lowering your energy bills. These windows typically have features like low-emissivity glass to block out the sun’s rays and argon gas fills for optimal insulation, helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 

How Much Can You Save With Energy Efficient Windows?

The Department of Energy estimates residents can save $125 to $465 a year by replacing windows with ENERGY STAR®-rated windows. These energy efficient windows have been independently tested and certified to meet the most stringent of energy efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Savings can also depend on the types of windows being replaced. For example, Energy Star studies show replacing single pane windows with energy efficient double-pane windows can save between 21% to 31% off of heating and cooling costs.

Are Energy Efficient Windows Worth It?

Whether or not energy efficient windows are worth installing comes down to the types of windows being replaced. If your home is older and has single-pane windows that make it difficult to regulate your home’s internal temperature, replacing them with energy efficient windows will yield obvious results when it comes to your monthly energy costs. However, most homes nowadays have double-pane windows, and replacing them with energy efficient windows will likely only yield modest results when it comes to your energy bills. The Department of Energy estimates such a window replacement would only save between about $27 to $111 per year, meaning it would take some time to earn back the initial cost of investing in new windows.

However, energy saving shouldn’t be the only factor to consider when it comes to the worth of energy efficient windows. Replacing your home’s windows with brand new energy efficient windows can boost your home’s property value by thousands. This is great news if you plan on selling your home later down the line.

Energy Efficient Windows from a Company You Can Trust

Whether you’re looking to save money on your monthly utility bill or you want to boost your home’s value, energy efficient windows are definitely an option to consider. If you’re in the market for energy efficient windows, turn to the experts at Colorado Living. We source our windows from industry-leading manufacturer Simonton, so you can be sure you new windows are energy efficient, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Our commitment to providing exceptional products and customer service has helped us earn an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

To learn more about our products and services, contact Colorado Living today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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