Single-Pane windows have to be the worst thing that you can have on your home. They don’t keep your home warm in the winter, they let the heat in during the summer, and they easily break. They are better than having nothing on your home, but with the advances in technology, the creation of tax rebates, window sales, and special window financing, there is no reason for them to still be hanging around.
Upgrade from Those Single-Pane Windows
Anything is better than having single-pane windows up, so anything that you choose to replace them with is going to be an upgrade. But since you are going to the trouble of having them replaced, why not replace them with something really good? Replace them with something good that you won’t have to have replaced again for a long time and something that will end up saving you money in the end.
Something like energy-efficient windows.
Savings Comparison Between Single Pane and Energy Efficient
Yes, energy-efficient windows will cost more to have put in than single-pane windows would, but in the long run energy-efficient windows are the ones that cost less. With energy-efficient windows, where single-pane windows cost you money you will save money in the following ways:
- Energy-efficient windows don’t require special window treatments to keep the cold air out in the winter.
- Energy-efficient windows help your furniture and carpet last longer because they block the sun’s damaging rays.
- Energy-efficient windows block the heat of the sun in the summer, so your home stays cooler and your air conditioner doesn’t have to run all day long.
- You will no longer have to purchase window insulation kits in the winter to manually insulate your single-pane windows.
Making the Switch Affordable
Even knowing that replacing your single-pane windows will save you money in the long run, it doesn’t help the fact that you have to come up with extra money right now to get them replaced. To help you fit this change in your budget a little easier, try the following:
- Wait for window sales and take advantage of the savings and free windows being offered
- Look into energy-efficiency financing and rebates through your state government and utility company
- Do one window at a time
You will also find places online telling you that you can save money by switching out your windows as a do-it-yourself project. Yes, this will save you money. However, unless you have experience in construction and working with windows we don’t recommend this.
If you don’t know what you are doing you can take a good situation of replacing your single-pane windows with energy –efficient ones, and create construction problems that will reverse any good the new windows could have brought to your life. Instead, purchase the windows with the assistance of one of the ways above and leave the installation to the professionals.