From Margaret Everton on October 27, 2010 in Window Replacement
You may have witnessed this before: a modest home across the street suddenly looking amazing and very sell-able when old windows are replaced with new. Window replacement can seem like a huge renovation task, but it’s high on the list of the best home improvements you can make.
Why? Because new windows will revolutionize both the interior and exterior of a home—and help it run energy-efficiently. Which is nice for the environment and your utility bill. Curious what it would cost for your own home? Get a few price quotes today and find out if it’s in the budget.
The savings are rather incredible. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient windows can immediately reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 30%. That is huge over the course of five, 10, or 15 years in your home.
Then there’s the federal rebate, in which homeowners can receive a tax credit of up to $1,500 for upgrading their primary residence with energy efficient appliances, including exterior windows.
A licensed contractor (get in touch with one here) can help determine whether you should replace the full window and frame, retrofit the window into an existing frame, or simply replace the sashes. Tell your contractor that you want ENERGY STAR windows to qualify for rebates and tax credits.
Keep in mind the deadline for federal rebates is right around the corner on December 31, 2010. But the real savings come with your reduced cost in energy bills and home resale value down the road. Take steps now to help your home stay warm and efficient—and look great—before winter truly hits.