The official start of winter (December 21st, 2015) is over a month away—but the temperatures are starting to drop and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Winter is unofficially here, and it’s a good time to start thinking about saving! Then again, when is it not a good time to think about saving?
Many homeowners replace their windows around this time of year, before the temperatures drop too much and we start experiencing more extreme weather. But how should you go about the replacement process? Which products are best? How can you save money by installing new windows?
Tips for Saving Money on Windows
Whether you need to replace a broken window or are remodeling and installing multiple new windows, consider the following:
Keep Style & Material in Mind
Although saving money can be important, we don’t recommend price shopping for windows. Windows should be high quality, and it’s worth the bigger price tag. On average, single-hung windows tend to be less expensive than other types, but other styles—such as casement and awning—are more energy-efficient and can help you save in the long run. It’s the same case with materials, where some are more energy-efficient than others. Vinyl gets high marks in this category.
Always In: Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency isn’t a fad—it will always be a top priority for homeowners. Higher energy efficiency means higher long-term savings. There are many ways to ensure you’re installing energy-efficient windows. We highly recommend looking for:
- The blue ENERGY STAR® label
- U-factor and other ratings on the NFRC label
- Double-pane windows
You can save up to $465 a year when replacing single-pane windows and up to $111 when replacing double-pane windows (learn more).
Installation Is Important
Initial installation should not be underestimated or understated. If your windows are installed improperly, they not only can cost you money and compromise your home’s comfort but can also potentially cause structural integrity problems. It’s worth it to take the time and hire experienced installers rather than going for the lowest price. You’ll get what you pay for!
Not Every Option Is Necessary
We want to share one more tip from Consumer Reports that we think is worthwhile. Keep in mind that not every single option adds value and is right for your replacement project. Some options—like two panes and low-E glass—can be extremely beneficial and save you money, but triple glazing, for example, probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate.
Window Replacement in Indianapolis
Here at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie, we install ENERGY STAR qualified vinyl windows from leading manufacturers in a variety of styles, from double-hung to casement to bay. Contact us today to learn more about our products and get the ball rolling on your replacement!