For most of us, replacing the windows on our home is a considerable investment – one that demands that we get a lot back in return. Some homeowners, however, aren’t aware of the full range of benefits that new windows can provide. Instead, they focus on addressing particular problems such as drafts, fogginess, or noise. Replacing windows may not seem like a great way to address a single problem. But once you look at everything new windows can deliver, moving forward with a replacement starts to look like a very smart idea:
Energy Cost Savings
Here’s a place where new windows can provide an instant financial return on your investment. New windows are designed to help regulate the temperature in your home; this reduces the need for heating and air conditioning – and reduces utility bills. According to a 2009 report, replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient window can reduce utilities by a minimum of $27 per year. Multiply that kind of savings by the number of windows in your home, and your investment starts to look smarter already.
Regulating the temperature in your home does more than save on utilities: It also helps to keep you and your family in comfort. Windows can help too-warm rooms to stay cooler in the summer and too-cool rooms to stay warmer in winter – particularly if the old windows are guilty of letting in drafts.
Just about everyone loves natural light, but nobody loves it when sunlight fades carpet and furnishings. New windows can selectively block the sun’s rays or let them pass; for example, windows can let in the visible light rays that make us feel good, while harmful UV rays can be blocked. Investing in new windows can help you protect the investment you’ve made in the furnishings of your home.
While newer windows are excellent at controlling light, many older windows are not. One reason for this is that older windows can become foggy. If your windows are foggy, this can not only cloud your view of the outdoors, but also make your home appear to be outdated or in disrepair; this is an important consideration if you might sell your home in the next few years.
While noise is a seldom-discussed benefit of new windows, it can be an impactful one. Upgrading from single-pane to double-pane windows, for example, can help to insulate you from exterior noise and make your home more peaceful. This can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from stress or sleep problems due to noise exposure.
Over time, windows can slowly lose their ability to operate smoothly. Pieces can break, cranks can stiffen, and homes can settle – leaving you with windows that can’t be easily opened or closed. New windows can provide the functionality you’ve been missing, removing a source of frustration while providing a welcome breath of fresh air.
If you’ve been considering more practical benefits of windows, such as improved function or efficiency, you may have overlooked the aesthetic benefit that new windows can offer. Windows can greatly impact both the interior and exterior appearance of a home – both positively and negatively. The handsome appearance of new windows is a benefit you’ll appreciate in every room of your home, and from every angle outside your home.
Boost in Resale Value
If improved aesthetics don’t appeal to your practical side, perhaps they should. That’s because a more attractive home is a more sell-able home – and one that can command greater resale value. Because many potential home buyers understand their benefits, new windows can be an important selling point. As a result, new windows offer investment value that you can recover if and when you sell your home.