Replacing the windows in your home is a worthwhile investment in the long run. Keep in mind, replacing the windows in your home is an investment and the return will depend on how long you will be staying in the home and how energy efficient the home is. Energy efficient windows can reduce your monthly cooling and heating bill by 10 – 20 percent according to the United States Dept. of Energy. While windows are energy saving, one must realize that the savings will not be seen immediately. It can be several years before a real savings is noticed.
Integrity Restoration says that when investing in new windows for your home there are a few things you will want to take into consideration when deciding on the product and its quality. Pay close attention to thermal and contractions rates, U values, pressure rating and SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient). By purchasing a window with these high values will give you a better return on your investments versus a lower grade window. If the windows you are buying are energy star rated then you know that the windows are meeting the local thermal requirements. The average payback time for energy efficient windows is seven years or less and if you fall into that category then it is considered cost effective.