When most of us think about replacing windows, one thing comes to mind — expense. There is no getting around it, new windows are pricey, but in most cases, they are definitely worth it. From saving money on your home’s energy bill, to improving the aesthetics of your home, it’s nearly impossible to think of any disadvantages to replacing windows.
Reduced energy costs
It is very likely that your heating and cooling bill is already more expensive than it should be. In fact, the average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks around windows and doors. Imagine keeping almost a third more of your air conditioning in the house. New windows provide better insulation so that the air conditioning you’re using stays inside of your home and is not lost through aging, leaky, or cracked windows. And when cool air is actually staying in your home, you’ll be surprised how much less you have to run the air conditioning.
Improved curb appeal
Aside from saving money, new windows will improve your home’s aesthetics. Windows are the one thing that both bypassers can see on the exterior and guests can see on the interior. They are always visible, so you want them look good! Many homeowners will invest in painting the exterior of their house either before selling it, or to look better as they continue living in it. This is a great idea, but when dated windows are held in a direct comparison with brand new paint, it will accentuate the age of the windows. Updating your windows will improve the look and value of your house immensely.
Older windows don’t always seal properly when they are closed, causing a lot of outdoor noise to be heard from indoors. This can become an annoyance if you live near a busy road, a park, or restaurant or retail shops. Newer windows seal properly and will block out noise that can be unwanted at various times of the day or night.
Easier to operate
If you struggle to open and close your windows, it’s probably time to upgrade. Windows should be smooth and easy to operate. There should be no need to use your full body weight pulling on a window to open it and there is no reason to have to prop windows open either. New windows remove these hassles by functioning properly.
Windows are arguably one of the most important investments you can make in your home. Not only can window replacement increase the value of your house by upping its curb appeal, but it will quickly save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bill. Although the upfront cost can cause sticker shock, it’s important to consider the return on investment you will get from replacing your windows sooner rather than later.
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