Replacing your windows can be a great opportunity to transform your home AND trim your monthly energy bills. Whether you want a new look, or your windows are worn out, quality windows can add light and fresh air, stabilize the temperature and enhance your home’s style from the inside out. Here are a few reasons why you should consider replacing your windows:
Boost your home’s curb appeal
As a design element of your home, windows say a lot about who you are. Replacing windows that are faded or don’t match the style of your home can enhance both the look and value of your property, especially if you upgrade to energy efficient windows. Upgrading your windows can increase the value of your home by 10% or more. So, if you have plans to sell in the future, good windows are a fantastic investment.
Needlessly high utility bills
If you’ve recently found an increase in your energy bills, upgrading to energy efficient windows may be your solution. On average, around 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs can be attributed to old, drafty windows. Energy efficient windows are specifically designed to prevent your heating and cooling dollars from flying through them.
There are a few obvious giveaways that your windows are outdated, which can help you decide whether or not you should replace them. If you can see fog between the panes, if there’s a draft, or if they don’t open properly, you may want to consider replacement. Fog and air leakage usually means that your windows are not fully sealed which again, could be a reason for higher energy bills. Not only is it frustrating when our windows will barely budge, but windows that don’t function properly are a safety concern and may indicate broken or warped components.
Do it for you
You really don’t need any reason to justify replacing your windows, but new windows come with quite a few health benefits. Research shows that fresh air and natural light help people be more productive, happier, healthier and calmer. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not have access to good natural light, especially in older homes. With more and more people working from home, installing new windows or upgrading current windows is a great way to increase exposure to natural light, sunshine and fresh air.
If you do decide to replace your windows, it’s never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the different parts and terminology before starting to shop. Some basic parts to study up on include stiles, sash, muntins, glazing, apron, stool, casings, jambs, rails operator, latch and arms. Knowing the lingo and functions of different window parts will allow you to communicate more effectively and help you find exactly what you want.
Whatever the reason for deciding to upgrade, reach out to Johnson Brothers in Boise or Idaho Falls for more information on taking the next step.