There is perhaps no more hotly debated home improvement project than replacement windows. Some believe investing in new windows to be a waste of money, while others preach the energy efficient savings such a project can bring. So who is right? Are replacement windows a good investment for Maryland homeowners? Well, the answer is simple: it depends.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t quite the simple answer you were hoping for, but we are here to help you determine whether or not replacement windows are a good investment for YOU, because it really is a case-by-case kind of analysis.
Are Replacement Windows a Good Investment for ME?
Turns out Age Is More Than Just a Number
In order to determine your level of need, we must first look at your current windows. How old are they? How many panes of glass do they have? If they are fairly new and are at least double-paned, then replacement windows are probably not the wisest of investments. However, if your windows are older and single-pane, replacement windows probably make sense.
According to Energy Star, homeowners across the country who invest in replacement windows can expect to save as much as $446.00 per year on single pane windows and up to $59.00 per year on clear glass double pane windows. Here in the Maryland, these numbers are closer to $263 and $93, respectively.
As you can see, the savings over single pane windows is significantly greater than the savings over double pane windows. This is not to say that some double pane windows should not be replaced, but it is really a case-by-case basis, as we have previously mentioned. If you are unsure, please contact Architectural Window Supply at 410-266-5254. For the past 20 years, we have been the go-to choice for Maryland homeowners, builders, and architects who need personalized, knowledgeable service.
The Replacement Window Itself Matters
If you determine that replacement windows are the right decision for you, it is important to make sure you purchase the right windows. According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), your windows account for as much as 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. So energy efficiency is important. ENERGY STAR qualified windows, for example, can help greatly reduce energy loss and save Maryland homeowners up to 30% more energy than a home built to the national energy code.
“New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs,” according to the DOE.
Affordable Replacement Windows in Maryland
An ENERGY STAR® Partner since 1998, JELD-WEN is a recognized leader in manufacturing energy efficient products. JELD-WEN’s extensive line of products are sold globally through multiple distribution channels, including retail home centers, wholesale distributors and building products dealers, such as Architectural Window Supply. When you come to us for information and guidance, we’ll make sure you get what you need.
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