Are Your Windows Thieves?: How Replacement Windows Can Save You Money

Deficient, drafty windows can hike up your energy and heating bills, leaving you cold. Are your windows picking your pocket? Let’s find out.

When is it time to purchase replacement windows?

Now, probably. With myriad ways to slash your bills by upgrading your windows, it’s a no-brainer cost-saver.

How can new windows save you money?

They’re going to last. High-quality, well-maintained windows last for at least 20 years. Windows are not your smartphone; they won’t be obsolete next year.

They pay for themselves over time. On the front end, new windows will generally run you between $300 and $700 per window. On the back end, The National Association of Realtors estimates that homeowners who replace their windows will get back 80% of their investment. You may also be eligible for a tax credit for replacement windows.

How will new window installation affect my energy costs? Let us count the ways.

Drafty windows let in the chill and let out your cash; air escape can increase your energy bills by 10 to 25%.

The Department of Energy found that 45% of a typical energy bill goes toward heating. That’s a lot. Also, roughly half of Americans who use natural gas for heat pay an average of $649. Also a lot. The Efficient Windows Collaborative estimates that replacing aged double-pane windows with energy efficient windows can pare back your bill by 15% per year.

Okay, I’m in. What else do I need to consider when shopping around for replacement windows?

Look for windows that tilt inward for easy cleaning. Say goodbye to “I don’t do windows.”

Ask about triple-paned windows. These speed up your money-saving by using gas between the extra panes for insulation, usually argon or krypton. (No really, it’s called krypton. Superman lives.)

Fight leaks with sufficient flashing. Windows tend to leak from the top. To avoid this, look for a proper drip cap and have your siding fit tightly over it.

Consider your local climate. If you live in a cold, windy area, go for windows that are made to withstand low temperatures and high winds.

Finally, pull up your favorite chair and footstool, grab a mug of something delicious and a great book, put your feet up and enjoy your new view!