If you have windows that are older than fifteen years and have a house that requires heating or cooling, then you may already be dealing with hefty energy bills. To solve these problems, you may want to consider having energy efficient window replacement Chicago, but the downside is that those windows can be pretty expensive and range in price between a few thousand and tens of thousands of dollars for an average size home.
Because of that, it’s recommended that you think well before you commit to buying new windows. In the majority of cases, you could easily enjoy the same energy savings by investing some money into repairing your old windows, sealing air leaks or re-insulating your home. But if you think that replacing your windows is best, then you may want to consider the following.
What will your ROI be?
It’s recommended that you consider getting Energy-star approved windows, since they can help you save a lot of money on your energy bills. In terms of price, they start at about one hundred and twenty dollars for a thirty six by seventy two inches single hung window. However, depending on your required size, the cost can be even ten times higher.
Now if you consider getting vinyl windows, then you’ll be able to recuperate almost 73 percent of your investment in added property value. If your choice though is to get wooden windows, then you’ll be able to recuperate about seventy eight percent of your initial investment.
Your energy bills are also going to be lower and in general, you’ll be able to save between 126 and four hundred and sixty five dollars per annum if you have a two thousand foot property and replace your single pane windows with tax credit eligible windows.
One thing to keep in mind though is that the savings will range a lot based on where you live, the energy efficiency of the windows being replaced and that of your property and the local energy costs. Lastly, you may also qualify for various incentives offered by your local utility company or US government which can make getting these types of windows much cheaper.
Energy Efficiency versus Price
In general, the more expensive a product is, the higher the quality, but that doesn’t mean that you absolutely need to get the most expensive windows out there. Still, how can you know which ones are the best in terms of cost and quality?
Well, all you need to do is make sure that the windows you get have the Energy Star label on them and this way you’re going to know they’re the best ones you can get for your home.
The Language of Windows
Familiarizing yourself with the terms appearing on the windows is also recommended, as following:
This refers to the window’s ability of reflecting heat rather than absorbing it. If the windows you want to get have a low-e coating, that will usually make up for ten percent of the window’s price. If your windows are in good shape, but you’d want them to insulate better, then you can also purchase low-e films and apply these to them.
The spacers are used for separating the sheets of glass in a window with the purpose of increasing the insulation quality. To prevent heat loss and condensation, the material and design are important.
Gas fills usually consist of kryptonite or argon gas which are interposed together between glazing layers with the purpose of minimizing heat transfer and improving insulation.
This describes the type of glass used in the window and it can be triple, double or single. Glazing coatings can greatly affect a window’s degree of insulation or U-factor against the outdoors.
Lastly, frame materials include fiberglass, aluminum, wood, vinyl or a combination of those. Keep in mind that each of them have different strengths. For instance, while vinyl windows are easy to maintain and can insulate well, they will expand once the temperature changes.
Wood does offer the same benefits, but again, it will be affected by changes in temperature. When it comes to fiberglass, it requires little maintenance and is very stable, but it’s very expensive. Lastly, aluminum is a great sound proofer, is stable and lightweight, but conducts heat quite easily which negatively affects energy efficiency.