You just received your latest utility bill and are wondering if new windows reduce energy costs? If you live in an older home, with older windows, the answer is most certainly yes new windows reduce energy costs.
This is particularly true if you live in a Northern climate such as Illinois. Imagine the effects of the winter weather if you live in the windy city of Chicago and surrounding areas. A small leak around just a few of your older windows can add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill.
According to EnergyStar.gov a typical home in the Illinois area can save $126 to $465 per year if you replace your old single-pane windows with newer Energy Star Windows.
What if I already have double pane windows?
If your home already has double pane windows you may be asking the question; will the installation of new windows reduce energy costs. The answer is yes. Again, according to EnergyStar.gov, if you live in the Illinois area, replacing your double-pane, clear glass windows with new energy efficient windows can save you as much as $111 per year on your utility bill.
What if I can’t afford new windows?
If your budget is tight, and you simply can’t afford to install new windows at this time; here are a few things you can do to your existing windows in the interim to reduce energy costs:
- Re-caulk the window frames to seal any gaps between the frame and the exterior siding or brick. Take a look at the interior of you home as well, and caulk around the interior window trim. The largest gaps and area of neglect are above and below the window. You may feel a draft in these areas on a windy day.
- Replace your sash seals if you have double hung windows and your existing sash seals have become rotted or hardened and no longer provide a good seal.
- Be sure your windows close fully. You may need to adjust or install new window latches.
- Install storm windows. Keep the storm windows in place during the winter months to combat the harsh weather.
- In warmer climates install window film to reduce your cooling costs. Window films, can also protect furnishings from UV damage. Use a product that will cover
the warranty of an insulated glass unit that develops seal failure due to the film.
- Inspect your window sills for wood rot. If the window sill is damaged, the window may not seal properly.
If you discover rotted window sills on your Rockwell, Barber & Ross or R.O.W. Windows, contact One Source Renovation, LLC at
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