Replacement windows are a big investment for your home, and there are a lot of things to consider. In addition to providing your home with better comfort and boosting curb appeal, you may have heard that replacement windows can also save you money. Is that really true? Let’s take a closer look at this question, and determine if it is just a myth, or a reality for your Brampton home.
The short answer is: yes, replacement windows can save you money. However, in order to save enough money to impact your energy bills, you must ensure that your replacement windows are equipped with several different features. To provide your home with the best energy efficiency and save money, our windows should have the Energy Star rating. You may have seen the Energy Star label on dishwashers or washing machines, but many homeowners don’t realize that when you install Energy Star windows, you can save a significant amount of money.
When you upgrade from single pane windows, or even double pane windows with clear glass to Energy Star windows, you can lower your energy bills and save money. Just how much money? Energy Star rated windows can save your Brampton home as much as $350 every year if you are upgrading from single pane windows and $70 a year if you have clear glass double-pane windows! Keep in mind that this amount is what you can save not just over the windows’ lifetime, but every single year.
Exactly how can energy efficient replacement windows save you money?
Hanging onto your old windows may be much more costly than you think. If your windows have clear, untreated glass, typically it will allow UV rays into your home. UV rays can be very damaging. They can discolor your carpet and furniture, fade artwork, and even discolor your walls. Homeowners have commonly reported that their blinds turn brittle and window treatments such as drapes or curtains discolor and even start deteriorating. Having to replace your carpet, furniture, drapes and repaint your walls can be very costly. However, new replacement windows have glass coatings that block unwanted UV rays.
Old windows may have issues with leaking, and they don’t have the insulation capabilities that new windows do. This creates uncomfortable inside temperatures, in addition to jacking up your energy bills. When you upgrade from your old windows, you will keep the heat out during the summer, and inside in the wintertime. Not only will you save energy and lower your utility bills, but you can also get tax credits for installing new energy efficient windows in your Brampton home. Typically, to qualify for the tax credits, you must install Energy Star labeled windows in your home. In order to learn more about the tax credits you may be able to receive, contact your local utility company.
If you are already considering getting replacement windows, and your utility bills are higher than they should be, you are making the right choice. Your decision to get replacement windows will pay for itself much more quickly than any other change you make. Brock Doors and Windows has all the options you need for getting energy efficient windows that will save you money. We can’t wait to help you every step of the way along your windows replacement project. Contact us in Brampton at:
Brock Doors and Windows
Orenda Rd. Brampton, ON L6T4X6 Canada