Now that we’re in the new year, many of us are looking for ways to save money. Our wallets are aching from the spending spree that accompanies the holidays and we need a little relief. So, what are you going to do to save money? However you answered that question, it probably wasn’t “I’m going to get new residential windows”… right?
Well, why not?
Don’t let the price tag of new residential windows scare you off. Yes, you may have to pay a chunk of change up front but the return on investment is pretty impressive. Believe it or not, window replacement may actually save you money and increase the value of your home. Sounds like a win-win right? Let’s take a closer look….
If you have really old windows, there may be clouding or even condensation between the panes. Not only does that not look good but it also prevents natural (a.k.a. free) light from getting into your home. If you’re lacking natural light you’re probably going to use more electricity, and more electricity means more money. Window replacement can help you take full advantage of natural light. However, that’s only the tip of the money saving iceberg.
Residential windows have come a long way in recent years. For one, they’ve become a lot more energy efficient; so much so that the federal government offers a tax credit of up to $1,500 for swapping out your old windows for energy efficient windows.
When shopping for windows, be on the look out for the Energy Star label as well as the U-factor and SHGC (Solar Heat Grain Coefficient). The U-factor measures the rate of heat loss for the whole window whereas the SHGC measures how effective the window is at blocking heat generated by the sun. The lower the number the better, and windows must meet certain standards in order to qualify for the tax credit.
New residential windows should also help you cut your heating and cooling bills. This is because they are much more efficient than your old windows at keeping the air (hot or cold based on the season) inside.
In addition, if you’ve been thinking of putting your home up on the market in the near future or are always on the lookout for projects that can increase your home’s value, then new residential windows may be perfect for you. In fact, window replacement offers one of the best returns on investment. According to Remodeling magazine, for vinyl windows, you can recoup as much as 72.9% of the project cost in added home value (source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/windows-doors/replace-old-windows-with-energy-efficient-models/#.). Not too shabby.
If you’re looking for a project that will beautify your home, save you money, and increase your house’s value, then start considering a window replacement project today.
Jack’s Glass has excelled in glass repair, replacement and design for more than 65 years. Jack’s Glass provides repair and replacement for auto glass and custom solutions shower and tub enclosures and many other residential glass items. We also do custom glasswork for businesses, and proudly serve Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with locations in Elsmere, Covington, Alexandria and Dry Ridge.