Energy-efficient replacement windows are a smart investment if you’re looking to boost your home’s energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss from windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of your heating and cooling costs. As such, installing an energy-efficient window replacement can help boost your energy savings.
In general, an energy-efficient window replacement costs more than a conventional window replacement. However, you shouldn’t focus too much on the cost. Focus instead on how you can maximize the returns on your investment (ROIs).
To help you craft a budget for a window replacement and maximize your ROIs, Renewal by Andersen® of Southwest Missouri lists the different factors that can affect a window replacement below:
Window Frame Material
Vinyl, wood and fiberglass are the three most commonly used window frame materials. Of the three, vinyl is the most affordable while fiberglass has the highest resistance to extreme temperatures. Wood is prized for its rustic aesthetic appeal that can add a sophisticated elegance to any exterior.
Here’s a tip: if you’re looking for energy-efficient frame material, you might want to consider a Fibrex® home window replacement. Fibrex is an exclusive composite that combines the strength of wood and the minimal maintenance needs of vinyl. In addition to its durability and resistance to extreme temperatures, Fibrex has excellent insulative capabilities. (It’s estimated that a Fibrex window can insulate your home 700 times better than an aluminum window.)
Type of Glass
Windows with insulated glass units cost more than single-pane windows, but they’re worth the investment. An insulated glass unit is made of two glass panes and is filled with either argon or krypton, two inert gases that prevent heat transfer.
Renewal by Andersen offers a wide variety of energy-efficient window glass options. Our most popular glass option is our High-Performance™Low-E4® Glass, which is 56% and 47% more energy-efficient in summer and winter respectively.