Energy Saving Windows

Energy Saving Windows

Replacing old leaky windows with modern tight ones can cut your energy costs in half, and Erie Construction Midwest wants to make sure consumers are made aware. This is a pretty strong statement and much of it depends on the climate where you live, the condition of your present windows, whether you have adequate insulation, and numerous other factors.

The decision to replace your windows cannot be made quickly. Cost and the pay-back period – how long it takes the energy savings to pay for the windows – generally is the first consideration. But the decision is seldom made on purely economic grounds. New windows improve your home’s aesthetics and increase its value. However, the number one reason for getting new windows today it seems is Energy Savings.

If you are serious about replacing your windows, compare your windows with new windows for an idea of the difference new ones can make or whether you should merely refinish and add weather-stripping to the old windows. Either way, Erie Construction Midwest is here to help.

The first choice you make probably will be the window style. The three most popular are Double-Hung, Casement, and Slider. Sliding windows are a horizontal variation of double-hung. Most companies also offer Bay and Bow windows, which are custom made to fit the opening in your home.

Some windows that look the same can be vastly different in how they perform. Several manufacturers’ associations and independent testing labs have uniform testing and rating criteria to measure the quality and energy performance of windows. The one I like is the Energy Star Seal, which means the windows have exceeded government standards in energy efficiency.

Erie Construction Midwest expects a 30% fuel savings if you install all new windows. For example – if you spend $200 a month on gas and electric, that’s $2400 annually, but consider energy costs going up at least 13% a year over the next 10 years, you would have spent $48,730…If the windows save you 25% each month, based on those figures you would have saved $12,182 more than new windows would cost for the average home today. Adding replacement windows in our opinion is the best investment you can make in your home with today’s energy crisis.

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