New Windows Decrease Energy Costs

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Best windows, Window installation, Window installation chicago

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To some of your neighbors the fact that you were working with a local window company right now seemed a little strange. Being seven months pregnant and the mother of 17 month old simply did not seem like a great time to be taking on a home remodeling project. They way you see it, however, and the way you explained it to your husband is that these are the last two months that you can even have a chance at addressing the needed repairs and upgrades needed in your home.
The window installers, for the most part are completing their work upstairs, while you and your 17 month old are able to stay on the first floor, in the walk out basement, or outside. In two months when the new baby arrives these options will not be the same. You are confident that the window company will make the needed repairs and that the work will be completed long before the new baby arrives. Your husband has jokingly called your obsession with these remodeling tasks extreme nesting, and wonders why you are not following the more typical mode of simply getting things ready for the new baby. He muses that hanging up the new baby clothes and selecting bedding for the new crib might be a little calmer way to approach the arrival of your second baby.
Once the window company finishes installing the vinyl replacement windows, however, you are certain that his joking will come to an end and you both will appreciate that the outdated upstairs will match the rest of the home that was remodeled by the previous owners.
Is There Ever a Convenient Time for a Home Remodeling Project?
If a family waits for a convenient time to tackle a remodeling project, it will likely never happen. Whether you are working with a local window company to replace a few damaged windows or you are taking bids on a whole house residential windows project, no construction project is easy. Some are fast, some are less messy than others, but all of these projects require some kind of interruption. The best window companies, however, work within a family’s schedule and create the least amount of disruption. In fact, working with a company that specializes in window replacements means that your contractor will be able to precisely measure all new window sizes and that they will be able to predict any unexpected problems.
Consider some of this information about the window industry and the reasons for upgrading the windows in your home:

  • Windows that are high quality and properly maintained, can last 20 years or longer, depending on the material.
  • In most cases, home owners can save as much as 15% a year on energy bills if older double-pane windows in a 2,600-square-foot house are replaced with energy-efficient windows. These upgrades when they include low-E coatings are the ones that provide these substantial savings, according to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, a group of research organizations, government agencies, and manufacturers that work together to promote efficient window technology.
  • New windows add to the resale value of a home.
  • Dual-paned windows are nearly twice as effective at retaining air conditioning and heat when they are compared to single-paned windows.
  • On average, the cost of replacing a single window can cost between $300 and $700.
  • Windows affect the exterior and interior appearance of a home.



  • Using your time and resources to address important issues like replacing windows is a worthwhile investment for the majority of home owners.
  • Planning ahead, many home owners budget for many months, sometimes years, when preparing for a whole house window upgrade.
  • Garage windows can add needed light to areas that otherwise need to rely on electricity ofr artificial lighting.
  • Replacement wondow costs after a storm are sometimes covered by home owner’s insurance.
  • According to the National Association of Realtors, home spending the money to replace their windows can get as much as an 80% return on investment (ROI).
  • Despite the initial cost, the decision to upgrade things like windows and siding add substantial value to a home, as well as providing a better and updated look.
  • Estimates indicate that drafty windows that let air escape can increase energy bills by 10% to 25%.
  • Start plans now to replace and upgrade the dated and energy inefficient windows in your home.
Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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