Here in Northeast Ohio, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The trees start turning in their yearly splendor, with cascades of reds, yellows and oranges flowing through the countryside like burning rivers of color. Fall brings with it trick or treating, preparation for Thanksgiving and a general feeling of excitement as we begin to transition into the holiday season.
Your home should be transitioning as well, going from collecting the refreshing summer breeze to preparing to fend off the icy drafts of winter. If drafts have been a problem in your home, or high heating bills, condensation and moisture or simply a lack of energy efficiency all around, you may be looking for replacement windows for your Wooster Ohio home.
But how much can replacement windows actually save the average consumer? On average, most consumers can expect a 30% increase in energy efficiency from replacement windows, if the installation is done correctly. This can amount to a huge savings over the course of a 20 year window life, to the tune of about $25,000 in savings if your average heating/cooling bill is about $140.00 a month.
In addition to the monetary savings, there is the environmental savings to consider as well. Homes that use less energy, whether that energy is electric, gas or wood, leaving a smaller environmental footprint over the course of time and do their part to pitch in to keep our earth clean and free of harmful gasses and toxins.
But of course, many people do not install new windows to save the world., It’s just a nice perk!
The key to your energy savings this year though will rest in the combination of a couple factors. First of all, you will want to be sure that you get an insulated window – one that uses Low-e and/or Argon to prevent the transmission of cold or heat from the outside to the inside (and vice-versa), as well as one with insulated spacers. Double or triple pane glass will help tremendously as well.
The installation is the other side of this coin. If the installation is not done by trained professionals, your window warranty could be void, and your new windows could let in as any drafts as the old ones did. We recommend looking for trained and certified installers, employed by the company you choose and not acting as contractors. Make sure your window installers also have a lot of experience in construction in case there are any structural anomalies encountered while installing your windows, so they can be fixed right the first time.
The company you will want to choose for replacement windows in your Wooster Ohio home will also offer free estimates, a competent sales person that will not pressure you into buying items you do not want and who will get you complete answers to your questions before your purchase. If you do not feel comfortable with the answers to your questions, move on to a different company. Don't get tricked this Halloween, get treated!
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