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One of the biggest reasons to upgrade your windows is energy efficiency. Today’s replacement windows are available with a wide array of energy-efficient options, including argon and krypton gas-filled panes, double- and triple-pane glass, Low-E window coatings, and insulated frames. These windows can be 2 to 3 times more energy-efficient than windows from as recent as 15 years ago. Check out the Energy Star site for more details on options and benefits of energy-efficient windows.
Replacing your windows can be an expensive remodeling project. However, consider that the project amounts to as little as 2%-5% of the cost of your entire home, and yet windows are responsible for 40% -60% of your heating and cooling costs. Combine that with some of the state and federal tax credits that are now available for installing energy-efficient windows, and it’s easy to see how replacement windows are a good investment.
Before you go through the expense of installing replacement windows, it’s a good idea to spend your money on the best energy-efficient options you can afford. Upgrading your energy specifications on windows is a small fraction of the total project cost considering labor and the base cost of the windows.