Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?


Replacement windows make your house snug and save energy, too

By FamilyTime

 

If the hot, humid summer air seeps in your windows, making your air conditioner work harder than it should, it might be time for replacement windows.

 

If you find yourself putting window stripping around your windows every winter, or covering them with plastic to keep out icy fingers of frigid air, it might be time to replace your windows.

 

This is an expensive project but one that will increase the value of your house and, over time, pay for itself in terms of saved energy.

 

Replacement Windows Explained

Most replacement windows have sealed, double panes of glass. These increase the window’s ability to resist heat flow – either escaping from a heated house, or entering a cool house in warm months.

 

The glass may have a coating that reflects heat but lets light in. Or it might be treated so that it absorbs heat before it enters the house. 

 

Many companies fill the space between the double panes with argon gas, which is denser than air and helps reduce temperature transfers. The gas is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and harmless.

 

Replacement windows are made of one of several materials, or a combination of two or three. The most common windows are crafted from aluminum, vinyl, or wood. Fiberglass is gaining in popularity, too.

 

The choice of frame may determine what sort of window you buy. Different companies sell windows made from different materials and you will have to determine which is best for the climate where you live, the style of house you own, and your price range.

 

Cost

Typically, replacement windows are custom-made to fit your window frames perfectly. The price of the windows includes installation and most companies offer packages depending on how many windows you buy.

 

You might be able to save money if you know a contractor or if you can do the work yourself. Make sure either the contractor or you really know what you are doing.

 

Buying replacement windows is a tall order, with the average windows ranging from $400 to $800, and up! A number of states waive the sales tax because of the energy savings, which helps. You also have to consider how much you will save on heating and cooling your house, and on how the windows will affect the resale value of your house.

 

It’s advisable to do your homework. Surf the Internet, talk to neighbors who have replaced their windows, confer with a friend in real estate, talk to any builders you know, and read consumer magazines that rate the windows.

 

This might be the year you decide to let the sun in without allowing the heat or cooled air out!