It seems that everywhere one turns these days there is something about ways to save energy and lower household costs. But in an economy where it seems that the dollar is not going as far as it once did, for many homeowners the thought of investing money in something like new windows when the existing ones seem to be working just fine, the investment can seem a bit frivolous. However, that thought process is flawed.
Yes, spending money on energy efficient windows and doors can be an investment, but it is money well spent. With a number of years’ worth of data to prove their value, lab studies and homeowner feedback have shown time and again that the investing in upgrading windows is beneficial. When one changes from basic single paned windows to Energy Star windows, they find that when temperatures outside are colder that one’s heating bill is actually lower just as during warm weather the cooling costs are lower. This is due in part to the UV coatings put on the double and triple paned windows. Consider these facts:
- A study performed by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory found that nearly half of the homes in the U.S. have single paned windows.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading your windows and doors can reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.
- A triple paned window with a U-value of .24 and a heat gain coefficient of .31 can save you as much 35% in energy cost.
If your home still has single paned windows, then you are literally slipping money out the window! The team at Coley Handyman Services of north Georgia understands how important it is to you to save money on your heating and cooling cost. We would love to help you make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Give us a call at (404) 786-2840 to learn how we can help.