Let’s face it, replacement windows are a major investment. Angie’s List estimates that installing an entire set of brand-new windows for the average-sized U.S. home can easily cost more than $10,000. Many of our customers in St. Joseph and surrounding areas want to know if it’s worth the investment. They want to know what they can expect to save by replacing their old windows with energy efficient windows. We think those are great questions. Obviously, every situation is different and estimates can vary according to what kind of windows are being replaced, what kind of windows are being installed, and what part of the country you live in. But, we did a little research and found some answers that may help you make a decision.
Vinyl Replacement Windows Have a Great ROI
For starters, window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return. In general, homeowners can expect to recoup about 60% of their window replacement investment in their home’s overall resale value. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for vinyl windows specifically, you can recoup 79.3% of the project cost in added home value.
Get Additional Savings in Heating and Cooling Costs Every Year after Installing Replacement Windows
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for almost half of the average home’s utility costs. The Energy Star website estimates annual savings on energy bills when replacing single pane windows to be $303. Annual savings when replacing double pane windows is $120.
Replacement Window Shopping Tips from the US Department of Energy
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
- Check with local utilities to see what rebates or other incentives are available for window replacement.
- Choose high-performance windows that have at least two panes of glass and a low-e coating.
- Choose a low U-factor for better insulation in colder climates; the U-factor is the rate at which a window, door, or skylight conducts non-solar heat flow.
- Look for a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC)—this is a measure of solar radiation admitted through a window, door, or skylight. Low SHGCs reduce heat gain in warm climates.
- Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons.
- Look for whole-unit U-factors and SHGCs, rather than center-of-glass (COG) U-factors and SHGCs. Whole-unit numbers more accurately reflect the energy performance of the entire product.
- Have your windows installed by trained professionals according to manufacturer’s instructions; otherwise, your warranty may be void.
If you are interested in purchasing replacement windows for your St. Joseph home, call Thermo-Seal at 660-258-4747 for a free estimate. We are so confident in the quality of our windows that we offer a lifetime warranty on glass and vinyl and components! Thermo-Seal is the replacement window company you can trust for quality products and excellent customer service.