How can you tell if your windows need to be replaced? In general, windows older than 15 years—the average lifespan of a window replacement is 15 to 20 years—should be replaced.
It might be tempting to deliberately delay replacing your windows. However, getting new windows can actually save you money in the long run.
Renewal by Andersen® of Denver explains how below:
Lower Heating and Cooling Costs
According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling costs. This figure rises to 40% if you have old, drafty windows. Installing energy-efficient windows can help lower your utility bill and even improve indoor comfort.
Important note: keep in mind not all windows have the same level of energy efficiency. When choosing new windows, always look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Only replacement windows that have met the Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent performance standards are certified by ENERGY STAR.
How do you know which windows are the right ones for your climate? Under the ENERGY STAR label, you’ll find the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) ratings, which give you an idea of how suitable a window is to a particular climate. For instance, to find out how well a window can prevent heat transfer, check its U-factor. The lower the window’s U-factor, the better its insulative capabilities.
Enhanced Curb Appeal
New windows can boost your home’s curb appeal. Keep in mind your new windows should complement your home’s exterior. Remember: when it comes to exterior design, consistency is key. To narrow down your options, find out which windows have been traditionally used in your home’s architectural style. (There’s a reason why certain windows have been used in particular architectural styles; it’s because they work so well). Alternatively, you can consult one of your local window companies.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver offers a wide variety of windows and doors. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (303) 823-4312 or (719) 419-5496. You can also fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Denver and Colorado Springs as well as the surrounding CO communities.