Benefits of Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Windows

Published on: May 21, 2024

New windows can be transformative for your home or business. Check out here the benefits of energy-efficient windows they provide for homeowners ranging from UV protection for their belongings to impressive savings on energy bills.

Many homeowners only experience a whole window upgrade once or twice during their years of ownership. Because of that, they might not know that window upgrades are about more than just lowering energy costs, though that is a great perk of new windows! 

Don’t avoid replacing your windows when they begin to show signs of wear or breaking down. Here’s a look at the many benefits you can experience from a window upgrade project.

What Are Energy-efficient Windows?

Energy-efficient windows are designed to seal a home and protect it from outside air coming in, and inside, treated air getting out. These windows come with the following features.

  1. Multiple panes of glass, either double or triple layered on one another. 
  2. Outstanding frames made from vinyl, fiberglass, wood or clad materials.
  3. Glass coatings help reflect infrared light, which helps protect your home from heating up due to rays from the sun.
  4. Gas between the panes of glass helps provide even greater insulation.
  5. Spacers that help seal the panes of glass tight to protect air from getting in or out.

Energy-Efficient Window Benefits

Upgrading your windows to the most modern energy-efficient models can have many outstanding benefits. Review them now to see how new windows can impact your home and your enjoyment of your home.

1. Energy Savings

First, the most obvious benefit energy-efficient windows provide is that they help you save on your energy bills. Because your treated air is not escaping your home and poorly sealed windows are not allowing outside air in, you’ll pay less on your energy costs. 

Even if your home was built in the last few decades when energy-efficient windows were readily available and used for newly built homes, you might consider an upgrade. With time, windows break down and are not able to hold as tight of a seal as they used to. That leaves you susceptible to letting air in and out of even the smallest gaps.

2. Less Wear and Tear on Your HVAC

The more you run your HVAC, the more maintenance you’ll have to do on it. And the friendlier and gentler you are with your HVAC, the lower your maintenance bills will be. Straining your HVAC systems by running them constantly or calling upon them to ramp up during peak load times can lead to costly repairs. But when you have windows that protect your home effectively, you won’t have to worry as much about these expenses.

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3. Doing Your Part for the Planet

Your home will have a smaller carbon footprint when you install energy-efficient windows. The less you run your HVAC, the less you use the world’s precious natural resources and call upon systems to emit CO2 to create that energy.

Homes with energy-efficient windows can reduce their carbon footprint by up to 6,205 pounds of CO2 each year. That can have a major impact on your community, and you’ll have the pride and peace of mind knowing you’re doing your part.

4. Comfort

Some homeowners avoid relaxing near their windows because of the drafts they allow. Those corners are hot in the summer and cold in the winter. And during those rainy Washington days, we all know so much about, the dampness is uncomfortable.

When the sun does shine, the area near your windows might be super-hot due to the windows lacking a coating to protect from UV rays or due to the coating wearing off as the windows age past their 20-year life expectancy. 

Energy-Efficient Windows

Newer energy-efficient windows will reduce drafts and hot spots in your home to make every corner more comfortable. That way, you can enjoy the natural light streaming through your windows and get as close to nature as possible without being outside.

5. Quiet

Homes in city areas can be especially noisy inside due to all the hustle and bustle that happens around the home. But homes in seemingly quiet neighborhoods can also benefit from noise reduction so you don’t have to listen to dogs barking, children squealing or air conditioners humming. 

Regardless of how much you like your neighbors, you can tune them out when you’re indoors with new windows with greater noise reduction. Modern windows have excellent soundproofing capabilities. That means less ambient noise and more relaxing, enjoyable moments. 

6. Less Likelihood for Condensation

When a window has poor insulation, it is more susceptible to condensation. And when windows hold condensation, they put your home at risk for mold and mildew. Since energy-efficient windows do a better job of maintaining their surface temperature, they attract less moisture, which means less condensation.

7. Less Fabric and Textile Fading

UV rays are harmful to textiles. Your vibrant red accent chair won’t stay vibrant if it’s near your windows that don’t have a protective coating on them. But textiles are not the only thing at risk of damage. Wood, carpets and artwork can all fade when placed near windows without UV ray coatings. Upgrading your windows will help protect your furnishings and keep your home looking its best.

8. Resale Value

Homes with new windows often sell for more. Remodeling Magazine found that vinyl window replacement offers a 68.5% return on investment during a home sale. In many cases, the upgrade is well worth the price to help a home move quickly and sell for top dollar.

9. Energy Incentives

Many utility companies and government entities offer incentives to encourage installing energy-efficient windows to lower the strain on systems. If you want to see what incentives might be available in your area to make the most of your window replacement project, enter your ZIP code in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

10. Lower Maintenance

Keeping up with windows that are not in optimal shape can be challenging. You might find yourself wiping the condensation off them regularly to avoid mold growth. Or you might be constantly adding caulking to reduce drafts. Old windows can lead to greater maintenance, but new ones will free up time in your day to enjoy your home more.

Finding Quality Window Installation in the Greater Seattle Area

Some homeowners put off window installation simply because they don’t know where to start or how to ensure they’ve found the best window installation team.

2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing is a team you can rely on. Our patented Rain Jacket Flashing System shows we are on the cutting edge of window installation and committed to helping customers find solutions to the best fitting windows at a reasonable cost without full siding replacement at the same time if the home doesn’t need it. Talk to a professional today about how to get started with whole home window replacement and schedule your free in-home estimate.

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