By Brian Wallace
When considering new windows it’s easy to just look at the price tag and be turned off by the total cost of each window installation. These prices can seem like a pretty penny especially when changing out a whole house full of them. Keeping your current windows might seem like the cheaper option, after all,they may look like they are doing the job. But changing out the windows will likely show just how much the old ones were actually costing you on your energy bills.
The True Cost of Replacement Windows
Thinking of energy-saving upgrades you can make on your house you may first consider changing out the dishwater or the water heater as these seem like easy choices. While these can be great options, windows are actually the most energy-efficient change you can make, saving upwards of $465 per year. Heating and cooling your house is around 43% of your monthly utility bill and the right widows are able to greatly reduce that cost. Depending on the zone where you live, replacing your single-pane window with a double or triple-pane could save you up to 48%.
Up front changing your windows may be expensive but remember that this is an investment. In fact, installing new windows even adds value to your home and can increase it by more than 10K. Since energy-efficient windows are also good for the environment, the Energy Star windows also offer federal tax credits of up to $500 for upgrading, repairing or new installations. If the cost still seems scary, financing options are typically available to ease the upfront cost as well.
How to Choose a Professional Window Installation Service
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your windows, deciding on what kind and who to install is the next step in making sure the change is worthwhile. A wrong installation can actually cost you more money in the long run. Improper installation that leads the way to cracks and gaps can let air leak in and cause mold, mildew, and rot leading to health issues and damage to your property.
When choosing the right company you want to find one that pays attention to detail so that there is a slim chance of any issues or follow ups needed after installation. Researching different companies and finding one with high customer satisfaction is always a good tell sign that you will also receive good service. This is also more likely to be true when you find a company that has been around for a while and installed thousands of windows. Finding a company that also uses only certified window and door specialists will guarantee better work.
Bringing it All Together
As spring is blossoming in full swing, we’re sure you are excited to increase the curb appeal of your home and new windows are a clear way to go. Just remember to get the right vinyl window replacement and leave the window installation professionals. Enjoy!
Brian Wallace is the founder and president of NowSourcing, a infographic design agency based in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, and works with companies that range from small business to Fortune 500. Wallace also runs a local event to make the Louisville/Cincinnati region more competitive (#thinkbig).