Can energy-efficient windows save money? On paper, this is a very simple answer: yes! Energy efficient windows work using a variety of mechanisms and design differences that help them to keep more heat inside your property. At the same time, this can also help you to keep your home cooler on a hot day! Thus, you will either need to run your heating or cooling less, and will keep more of that energy inside your four walls. You can maintain the right temperature, with less energy consumption, without constantly fighting the loss of energy!
Do Energy Efficient Windows Save Money?
Different energy-efficient windows work in different ways. Some use specially treated gasses that are stored between window panes in order to provide superior insulation. Others use three panes of glass rather than two (called “triple glazing”) or perhaps special films over the glass. If you run your heating and cooling regularly, then any of these systems will save you on those energy bills!
But as with all things, there are caveats. While your energy-efficient windows will always save you on energy costs, the extent to which this is true will depend on other factors. For instance, just how often do you use heating and cooling? If you live somewhere with a mild climate and find that you rarely use heating and cooling, then you may find that getting new windows doesn’t save you as much money as you would like.
Likewise, if you are moving property soon, then you need to consider whether the savings will add up to more than the cost of installation within that timeframe (or “window” you could say!).
And of course, if you have other serious issues affecting your efficiency, then your windows may have a reduced impact. For example, if you have a large hole in your roof, then you might find you lose a lot of heat energy that way! No matter how good your windows are, the impact they can make in this scenario will likely be minimal.
Of course, you should also find that the right windows help to reduce your carbon footprint, which is something we should all strive for regardless of whether it impacts our wallets!
How to Save More Energy
Getting the right windows is one step to a more efficient home. Likewise though, you should think about your other installations and the way you are using them. These might serve as better “starting points” in some cases, depending on your current situation.
Heating and air installations are very important, helping us to maintain the quality of the air in our room while ensuring we’re at optimum temperature. This helps to improve our productivity and also improves our comfort and happiness. Furthermore, it’s very important for our health, and if our bodies are constantly in the wrong condition it can result in a variety of different health conditions.
However, many people will still choose to try and limit their use of heating and air systems as a way to try and save money. Many stay warm by wearing lots of layers of clothes, instead of turning up the heat.
Heating and Cooling
While this will of course help you to save money on your heating and air, it is not really particularly healthy or comfortable! Far better is to find a good and reliable company that can help you to set up the best system for you. You might find that an HVAC system works better for you, or that you can make use of a fireplace. This latter option is what we refer to as “oasis heating” meaning that it makes one room warmer, rather than the entire property. That means you won’t be wasting energy by heating the entire home, despite only spending time in one room!
Changing to gas from electric heating similarly might work, but whatever you do don’t forego optimum heating and air.
Many other things can also impact on your efficiency. For example, getting a smarter thermostat can help you to maintain the perfect temperature with no wasted energy. Likewise, better insulation, or even just wearing more jumpers can help you to use less energy to heat your home!
This is a holistic decision, and windows play a small but important part.
Discount Window and Door of Omaha
At Discount Window and Door of Omaha, we are committed to providing the best quality doors and replacement windows. We employ the most skilled installers to ensure the highest standard of quality service. Our Omaha door and window installers are highly trained, certified industry professionals with years of experience, including some second and third-generation employees.