Installing a window replacement is a key home improvement tool. Old, drafty windows can cause your living space to suspiciously heat up during summer months, and initiate rapid heat loss during chilly winter months. Nowadays, savvy homeowners use new windows to improve the energy efficiency of their homes while reducing their carbon footprint in the process. In fact, a well-designed green window can benefit your home in more ways than you can imagine.
The Value of Green Window Replacement
Before switching to new, energy-efficient windows, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to ask how green windows compare to regular windows. Although there is no hard and fast rule regarding cost savings and value, there are things you should consider when deciding.
- Energy Savings: By simply replacing poor windows with obvious draft issues, you can save up to 30% of energy consumption in your home. Green designs make way for improved thermal mass and natural lighting. The exchange of fresh and stale air from indoor and outdoor spaces is also maximized. For example, casement windows are operable with a hinge, making it easier to allow fresh, cool breeze into your home when you need to cool down. When closed, the sash is pressed tightly against the frame so air cannot leak.
- Eco-Friendly: While your new windows can effectively reduce your energy bills, they also prove to be healthier and more sustainable for the environment. Energy-efficient windows require less maintenance and produce less carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Some materials, like Fibrex® window frames from Renewal by Andersen®, are even made from reclaimed wood fibers, further reducing landfill waste.
Going Green for Comfort and Health
Installing green windows is not only good for your energy savings and nature, but they’re also beneficial for your own safety and comfort inside your home. If there are consistent temperatures and controlled moisture levels inside, you are less likely to experience discomfort and structural issues such as growth mold and sticking window paint. Most green windows also have better insulation to reduce outside noises from room to room. In addition, replacement windows can instantly boost curb appeal. Incorporating bay windows to your upper floor simply provides a grand aesthetic appeal that no other exterior features can.
Give your home an upgrade and choose energy-efficient replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Seattle. Call us at (206) 777-0954 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve residents in and around Seattle, WA.