When it comes to saving money around the house, even small changes can make a big impact on your monthly expenses. Just as you wouldn’t want to throw away groceries each week, you also don’t want to throw money out the window…literally! If you don’t have energy efficient doors and windows, then that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Older windows and doors are primary offenders of cold and hot air loss in the home. So if your air conditioner is running non-stop in the summer and the furnace is constantly humming in the winter, your windows and doors are likely not as energy efficient as they could be.
If you’re on the fence about making the investment for energy efficient windows or doors, these 10 benefits may help guide you in the right direction.
1. Save Money on your Utility Bills
This is number one on the list for a reason. Everyone likes to save money on hydro and heat! Windows and doors are essentially openings or holes in your home. They can be a huge source of energy loss if they are not made or installed well. In fact, over 40% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through windows and doors. Ensuring that your windows meet the ENERGY STAR® certification for your climate zone is important in our unpredictable Canadian weather, and be sure to look for a product that features double pane or triple pane, low-e glass with argon gas infill.
If you’re sitting in a room with windows in the summer, and you feel the sun and heat beating down on you, you’re sitting by a non-energy efficient window. Or if you feel an uncomfortable chill in the winter by your windows, that’s another clear sign of a poorly efficient window. An energy efficient window will increase the comfort in your home and regulate the temperature no matter where you choose to sit.
3. Reduced Condensation
Windows looking a bit wet or frosty? This happens on older windows when humidity increases or temperatures drop. This looks unpleasant, affects visibility through the windows and changes the temperature of the room. Energy efficient windows use low-e glass that repels condensation and keeps this unsightly problem away.
4. Increased Light and Views
Foggy windows with grimey build up prevent light from shining through and can affect your view of the great outdoors. Energy efficient windows let light shine through while preventing heat gain from the sunlight, thanks to a higher value of visual transmittance (VT). VT measures the amount of visible light that can pass through a window. Combined this with low-e glass, an argon gas infill and double or triple panes, and you have a crystal view without the air loss.
5. Less Damage to Furniture
If you’re looking to preserve your furniture, artwork and even flooring, energy efficient windows will help. When heat and direct sunlight is let in through old windows, it causes fading and premature aging to elements within your home. Energy efficient windows will allow light without sacrificing your furniture.
6. Environmentally Kind
We can all do our part to help the environment. Energy efficient windows mean that we use less hydro and gas to cool and heat our homes. That results in less strain on our natural resources. A win-win for your utility bill and the planet!
7. Increased Home Value
Energy efficient windows might be an investment upfront, but it’s a cost that will help increase the value of your home. If you’re considering moving in the next few years, new windows will also help to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
8. Increased Curb Appeal
Energy efficient replacement windows help improve the style and personality of your home’s exterior. Not only do they function better, they are also more aesthetically pleasing. You can coordinate trim colours to match your home — modern or traditional, depending on your style, and pick different grid options. The new glass will glisten and reflect beauty inside and out, while keeping the hot and cold elements outside of your home.
9. Improved Sound Proofing
Energy efficient windows help silence outdoor noise due to their high insulation levels. So if you have a neighbour that likes their music a bit too loud, or you live in a busy area, the exterior noise will be easier to handle.
10. Low Maintenance
Have you ever noticed a mold build-up around your windows? That’s due to condensation. With an energy efficient window, you get less condensation buildup which translates to lower risk of mold occurring. In addition, dirt buildup and water spots on the outside are eliminated thanks to the window coating. This means less clean-up needed and lower maintenance!
Making the investment for energy efficient windows
Energy efficient windows are an incredible investment for your home. Not only are they an in-demand feature that will add value to your home, they will also make your life at home more comfortable and help you save money. At Weaver, we offer the best ENERGY STAR® certified windows and doors for the climate in Barrie and surrounding areas. Contact us for a complimentary quote today.