Vinyl replacement windows are an excellent investment in your home. They’ll help make your home more comfortable and if you’re getting ready to sell your home, they have a great return on investment. But unlike many other types of home improvement projects, getting vinyl replacement windows can also help you save money.
Replacing your windows naturally involves an upfront cost and it might seem counter-intuitive to spend money to save money. So how exactly do vinyl replacement windows help you save money in the long run?
Lower Energy Bills
By replacing your windows, your energy bills are the main place you’ll see savings. In fact, one of the most common reasons why people decide to get vinyl replacement windows is because they want to reduce their energy bills and make their home more energy efficient. By getting rid of old windows that have become drafty, you’ll be eliminating a major source of heat loss in your home. Your heating and cooling bills will go down since you won’t have to keep adjusting the thermostat to compensate for the heat/cool air you’re losing through your windows.
Modern vinyl windows are also designed for energy efficiency. The fact that they are made of vinyl means they are not a good conductor of heat, so you won’t have to worry about your window frames conducting heat out of your home the way aluminum windows would. If your replacement windows have glass with a low-E coating, that will reflect heat back toward its source, helping to keep your cool in the summer and warm in the winter. New double pane windows are also insulated with argon to further prevent heat loss.
Less Damage to Your Home and Belongings
There are a couple different ways old windows could damage your home and your belongings. First of all, if a window is so worn out that water leaks in when it rains, you’ve got a potential source of water damage. Even just a little bit of water damage can very quickly turn into a much bigger, more expensive problem, so it’s extremely important that any source of potential water damage be remedied as soon as possible.
Also, if your old windows don’t have glass with UV protection, replacing them with new windows that do will help prevent your belongings from becoming faded over time because of exposure to the sun, saving you the trouble (and the expense) of having to replace them.
By far, one of the best things about vinyl replacement windows is that they’re very low maintenance. Not only does this save you time, it means you’re not going to have to go out and buy special products to care for them. They can easily be cleaned with ordinary water and dish soap that you very likely already have around the house. And unlike wood windows, vinyl windows don’t need to be painted or stained, so there's another thing you won't have to spend money on.