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Installing Replacement Windows Can Help You Save Money

Installing replacement windows is rarely high on peoples’ priority list. Many believe that a window does not need to be replaced unless it has been damaged somehow, and avoid having to replace them for as long as possible because of the associated cost. Keeping old windows in place, however, can also be expensive. While they may still appear in be intact, old windows may allow drafts or moisture in, which can in turn end up costing a homeowner far more money than what they would spend replacing the windows themselves.

Old windows may allow heat to escape in the winter and cool air to escape in the summer, thus causing home owners to keep their air conditioner or heater running longer and driving up the energy bill. In fact, you can lose up to 15% of your heat through your windows. If the window is old or doesn’t fit right, this figure may increase substantially because of the drafts that are caused.

The exact cost of installing replacement windows will vary depending on the type of window you have installed as well as the company that you go with. Most windows that are made today consist of two panes of glass with a pocket of air or inert gas between them. This pocket helps to reduce the amount of heat lost and gained in the household, which can help to reduce the amount of energy that is lost as well. This gap is normally filled with air, argon, or krypton. Air is the least expensive of these options, but is also less effective than the other two. Krypton is the most expensive option and offers a better thermal performance. Krypton may be the best option when the gap between the two panes of glass in the replacement windows is very narrow.

Saving money isn’t the only reason to install replacement windows. Doing so can be considered making an investment in your home, which can potentially increase its overall value. Installing attractive new replacement windows may also make your property appear more aesthetically pleasing to potential buyers and allow you to sell your home faster than you would if you had the older windows in place.

One may also wish to buy replacement windows that will help to reduce the transmission of sound into the home. If you live in an area with a high level of noise pollution, these windows can make your home much quieter and, in turn, much more comfortable for you. When looking into these types of windows, take a look at its sound transmission class. The higher the number in this area is, the more sound the window will block out.

How much it will cost to install replacement windows can also depend on what shape the current window is in. The worse off it is the more work it will need and the higher the cost will be. In the worst case scenario, you’ll have to tear out the original window, frame, and sash. The least expensive approach involves leaving the frame in place and removing the operative part of the window.

Just as your home ages, so do the windows. They may appear to still be in good shape, but try taking a closer look. Some of the signs of aging are more apparent the wood may rot or warp, or there may be visible cracks. You may wish to have a professional inspect them, as some of the most significant failures may be invisible or very difficult to spot without the proper tools. There is a higher upfront cost for installing replacement windows as opposed to just leaving your old ones in place, but the money they save you on energy can quickly make up for the initial cost.

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