If you are a homeowner, you likely have a lengthy list of home improvement projects you want to get to. Some are probably things that you want to do for your personal enjoyment or to benefit your family, but some home improvement projects add real value to your home, while also making it more enjoyable to live in.
One such project is replacing your home’s windows and patio doors. If you’ve been living in a home with old windows and doors, you may be frustrated with how difficult they are to open and close. Or you may have noticed that they let in a lot of cold air in the winter or warm air in the summer. Even worse—your windows and doors may be leaking and causing water damage to your home, or could make your home an easy target for intruders.
Replacement windows will not only address all of these problems, but you’ll see some other important financial benefits as well.
Energy Savings with Replacement Windows and Doors
Replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient windows can make a noticeable difference in your monthly energy bills. You’ll spend less money on heating and cooling costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
Michal Bohm, owner of BM Windows in San Diego, California says, “Many older windows are also made with less energy-efficient materials, such as aluminum. Installing new windows with frames made from a more energy-efficient material, like vinyl, can make a huge difference in the amount of hot or cold air that is allowed inside your home.”
Over time, your new windows may even “pay for themselves” as a result of all of the savings you’ll see in your energy bills.
Increased Home Resale Value
Replacing your home’s windows is one of the best home improvement projects you can do if you are concerned with recouping the cost of the project when you go to sell your home. Experts estimate that you can expect to recoup between 70 and 80% of the cost of new windows upon the home’s sale—making new windows an excellent investment.
Michal Bohm offers these final thoughts: “Even if you don’t stay in your home long enough to recoup the entire cost through energy savings, you will get some of that money back through an increased sale price on your home. This makes replacing your home’s windows a good investment, even if you are only looking at the numbers. But when you look at the entire picture—the savings, along with the other benefits like increased functionality, curb appeal, and safety—it makes the cost of replacing your home’s windows an excellent value!
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