Replacing windows is an eventual necessity for homeowners. The cost can vary widely – from $175 to $800 per window, on average – and it can be a daunting task. For some homeowners, it can be tempting to buy the least expensive windows to keep costs down. However, it’s important to do the research. Choosing higher-quality energy-efficient windows actually saves on costs in the long run, even if they cost a bit more upfront.
What are energy-efficient windows?
Energy-efficient windows are designed to provide better insulation than traditional windows, preventing your heated or cooled air from escaping your home. This reduces your home’s energy usage while making your home more comfortable. The Department of Energy has estimated that the most energy-efficient windows can save $125 to $465 each year.
The truth is, old, leaky windows are inefficient and dangerous during hurricane season. All new construction builds in Miami require more energy-efficient impact glass in windows and doors. While older buildings are not required to replace their windows, new impact glass is so much more advanced, it’s an excellent idea to consider installing them.
Here are a few reasons to consider energy-efficient windows:
Energy-efficient windows help to keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Anyone who has spent a summer in South Florida knows that air conditioning is essential, and the right windows can keep cold air in and protect the interior from the blazing heat.
Lower energy usage
Energy-efficient windows will help conserve energy usage because the air conditioner or heater won’t need to work as hard. This translates into cost savings for you, the homeowner. Additionally, many municipalities offer a tax credit for upgrading to energy-efficient windows. Less power consumption also is better for the environment.
Blocks unwanted light and noise
Energy-efficient windows help to block out up to 99% of the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage wood, carpets, and furniture when unfiltered sunlight streams in. They are also heavier, which helps to block out unwanted noise pollution such as sirens, railroads and barking dogs.
Protects against storm and hurricane damage
Our impact glass windows withstand winds up to 175 miles per hour and are missile-tested for strength. Held in place by high-performance aluminum frames, their strength and sturdy locks help deter would-be burglars as well. Many local building codes require hurricane-tested impact windows; even if they’re not a requirement, they save money on a homeowner’s insurance policy. Florida law requires insurers to offer discounts to homeowners who install impact windows.
Condensation buildup is greatly reduced compared with traditional windows because energy transfer is minimized. This reduces the risk of mold and other complications. Furthermore, the UV-resistant coating protects against dirt buildup and water spots, saving hours of cleaning time.
Standard windows use more energy and leave your home vulnerable to Florida’s turbulent weather. Energy-efficient high-impact windows aren’t an annoying repair or unnecessary cost; rather, they are one of the best investments you can make in the comfort and maintenance of your home.
When researching installation companies, be sure to do your research. Energy-efficient windows will only be a good investment if they are installed properly.
Ocean Impact provides high-quality, cost-effective impact windows. After working in the construction industry for more than 50 years, we established Ocean Impact to provide customers with greater quality and reliability in the sales and installation of hurricane impact windows and doors.
Contact us today for a quote on new, energy-efficient windows.