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How Much Energy Is Lost Through Your Old Windows?

by | Oct 25, 2019 | Energy Efficient Windows

Have you ever seen a thermal image of a home with old windows? When a home with older windows is looked at through a thermal camera, the siding, doors, and roof of the house will appear to be hues dark green and blue while the windows are lit up with an orangish-red glow. 

Essentially, what a thermal image of a home with older windows will show you is that almost all of the heat loss in your home occurs through your inefficient, old windows. 

Thermal imaging can take a perfectly good home and make it look like a scary version of itself — but what is even scarier is how much money you are losing because of inefficient windows. Lucky for you, you don’t have to keep losing money and overworking your heater. 

For years, our team of window installation specialists at WinChoice USA has been helping homeowners avoid heat loss and high utility bills. Offering window repairs and energy-efficient window installation, our team is here to do the very same thing for you.

But before you schedule your energy-efficient window consultation with a member of our team, we would like to discuss just how much energy you could be losing through your current windows.

How Much energy Are you Losing Through Your Windows?

It is estimated that the average home can lose up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy because of air leaks and inefficient windows. No, upgrading your home windows to a high-quality, efficient window from WinChoice USA won’t completely eliminate the energy loss in your home (because physics doesn’t work that way), but it can reduce your energy loss to as little as 15%.

Inefficient windows are a pain — and now you know how much money you could be saving if you upgraded your windows to an energy-efficient model. That said, how do you know if you have inefficient windows in the first place?

What Makes a Window Inefficient?

Below, we have listed a few of the factors that might help you determine if you have inefficient windows installed in your home. 

  • The Frame – The frame material of your old windows can help you determine whether or not your windows are old and inefficient. Older windows are made using aluminum frames and allow hot and cold air to move from one side to the other. Energy-efficient windows are often constructed using vinyl or fiberglass to combat this issue. 
  • The Number of Panes – Older windows traditionally have a single pane of glass. Because of this, it is easier for airt to escape — thus making your heating and cooling systems work harder to maintain the indoor temperature. Newer windows feature multiple panes. 
  • The Installation Quality – Regardless of if you have the newest, most efficient window or an old inefficient one, nothing matters if it is not properly installed. Improper installation can allow for the movement of air and moisture into and out of your home. 

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How Much Will an Energy-Efficient Window Save You? 

So by now, you have likely started to look at the windows in your home critically — and we would be willing to bet that your current windows are not the most efficient model. But is shopping for new, energy-efficient windows something that would be worth it for your home? After all, it is a large expense to replace all of your windows. 

In short, yes — it is a worthwhile investment. Especially if you don’t plan on moving any time soon. In fact, according to the United States Department of Energy, replacing multiple or all of the single-pane windows in your home with energy-efficient windows can save you between $126 and $465 each year on your utility bills. In fact, you can also see savings by replacing your older double-pane windows — with new, energy-efficient windows saving you as much as $111 per year. 

Where Can You Buy Energy-Efficient Windows? 

If today’s blog post has convinced you that it is time to purchase energy-efficient replacement windows for your home, we sincerely hope that you let our team help. 

At WinChoice USA, the premier window company in the Southeastern United States, we manufacture, sell, and install all of our energy-efficient windows. 

Featuring innovative window technologies like WinChoice USA® Insulated Glass System and durable WinChoice USA® Vinyl Compound, our energy-efficient windows are built to do a lot more than help you save a dollar or two — they’re also built to last. 

But we don’t stop there! As the manufacturer, seller, and certified installer of our own windows, our team is here for you every step of the way — from purchase to installation. So what are you waiting for? Don’t work with a company that will sell you windows but forces you to hire a third-party installer and work with us instead!

Contact us today if you have any questions about our windows and services. We look forward to hearing from you!

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