As you begin thinking about replacing your windows, you probably have questions. There are more places to find answers than ever before. Just about every window company advertises that they have the most energy efficient windows or the best windows, but you may wonder if that’s really true. (Spoiler alert, it’s not.) We’re going to answer some of the most common questions homeowners have about energy efficient replacement windows.
Will My New Windows Pay for Themselves?
Yes, but it will likely take far longer than you are led to believe by television advertisements. On average, homeowners who choose new ENERGY STAR® rated windows and replace old single pane windows will save about $300 per year with their new windows. So, think of it like this, each year you’ll recoup the investment of about one new window.
If They Don’t Pay for Themselves Quickly, Why Bother?
There are many other benefits of energy efficient windows. One is that your home will be more comfortable with fewer drafts. You’ll also notice that Low-E glass in today’s replacement windows blocks more of the harmful UV rays that lead to fading of furnishings. New windows with tilt in frames are easier to clean and if you’re replacing wood windows, you’ll have significantly less maintenance. Lastly, you may find that your home is quieter.
How Can I Choose the Most Energy Efficient Windows for My Budget?
Remember how we said that no window company can truly claim they have the most energy efficient windows? That’s because of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The NFRC is an independent organization that tests and rates windows on their energy efficiency so you can compare them to one another. If you compare two windows with identical ratings, they will provide the same level of energy efficiency. You’ll simply have to choose which one has the features or hardware you want. Prices can vary widely between windows because of the installers, national advertising campaigns and the warranty.
What Are the Best Windows?
The best windows are ones that fit within your budget, come in a color you want with window grids that suit your style. As long as you choose windows with the ENERGY STAR rating for the Dallas-Fort Worth areas, you’ll save on your heating and cooling costs. We believe that the best windows come from local manufactures like NT Windows and MI Windows which is why those are the most popular brands we sell. It helps us support a local business just like when you choose Affordable Replacement Window Systems, you’re supporting a local company.
If you’re ready to learn more about energy efficient windows, what your savings may be and the cost associated with replacing yours, call or text us today at (817) 264-6509 or fill out our contact form for your free consultation and estimate.