How Replacement Windows Lower your Winter Heating Bills

Windows define and beautify homes; they also provide light and ventilation. By their very nature, however, old windows are collectively the biggest single source of a home’s heat loss in states that experience cold winter weather.

And as the windows get older, heat loss and inflow of cold air increase. There is no escaping the fact; old windows will eventually need to be replaced.

It is possible that certain repairs could stave off replacement for a while but repairs are just that – a short-term fix.

The difference made by new, replacement windows is especially noticeable in frigid winter months:

• The home will be consistently warmer. New, energy-efficient windows reduce heat loss via the use of “Low-E insulating glass” and argon gas. Double- or triple-glazed windows keep heat on the inside, heating the home.

Money is not spent heating the outdoors – and savings can be pocketed.

• Condensation is lessened with the Low-E glass in new, replacement windows. This reduces the build-up of frost on windows. Reduced accumulation of frost means that the room will stay warmer and the furnace will not have to work as hard.

Less energy is used as a result. Again, this saves money. energy efficient replacment windows

• Comfort is increased via the host of features that are incorporated into new windows. For example, enhanced sealing and reinforced weatherstripping provide protection against air and water infiltration.

The inflow of cold air is blocked and cold spots are eliminated. Also, drop-in glass creates a tighter seal, thus reducing the opportunity for heat loss.

• The intense light from the low winter sun, combined with the loss of leaves from deciduous trees, mean that a greater amount of damaging light enters through windows to ruin curtains, upholstery, carpets and wooden furniture.

It also fades books and artwork. The glass in new windows prevents this; it contains an energy-efficient coating that reduces damaging ultraviolet rays dramatically.

It is only after old windows have been replaced that the benefits of new, replacement windows can be appreciated. The homeowner will experience an “Aha” moment when, having spent some time in a particular room, realization dawns that the temperature is much more even throughout, and drafts have been banished.

There will be another such moment when the new heating bill is compared with the heating bill from the previous winter. The beauty of the new windows will be seen, and the benefits will be felt – even in the wallet.

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