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How Much Do Your Old Single-Pane Windows Cost? Why Not Buying Breaks The Budget

Just about everyone knows that new home windows are expensive. After all, there's the cost to buy those really nice double-paned or triple-paned windows, plus all the labor to have the old windows removed and new ones put in. The truth is, if you're still getting by with older single-pane windows, especially in harsh climates, then those old windows may far outstrip the cost of brand new ones. Here are just a few ways they cost you money.

Bumping up the energy bill

No matter how well they're caulked and weather stripped, single-pane windows allow for fairly free air transfer. In fact, it's estimated that up to about 25% of all of your heating and cooling dollars literally goes right out the window. For some really old windows, the loss might be even higher than that. Look at your energy bill and see how many months it would take for even a 10% overall decrease to pay back the cost of new windows, and compare that against the average lifespan of a brand new window.

Adding wear and tear on your HVAC system

Heating and cooling costs are never just what's on the utility bill. The more your furnace or air conditioner runs to offset energy loss through the windows, the more maintenance they'll need and the faster they'll need replaced.

Allowing drafts in the house

Leaky windows result in uneven temperatures throughout your house. If your thermostat is set to 70 degrees during the winter but there are still little pockets of 65-degree are, you may be inclined to bump the thermostat to 72 or 73 to keep the chills at bay. For every degree you raise the temperature, your energy bill jumps by approximately 1% per degree if the bump lasts about 8 hours a day.

Taking your time for storm windows

For most single-pane windows, even the manufacturers knew that they're not efficient on their own. That means that you get to manually put in a second pane as winter moves in – and wrestling with storm windows isn't a fast or easy task. Moreover, you can't open the window once the storm window is in place, so it's likely that you'll remove it when nicer weather moves in. A permanent second – or third – pane could keep saving your energy dollars throughout the year.

For best results, combine the purchase of new windows with an energy audit to ensure that your house insulation is up to par, and that there are no other hidden holes in your home's defenses. Making your home more energy efficient may cost quite a bit upfront, but can translate into significant monthly savings for years after. Contact professionals, such as those from R & K Windows, to see how best to fill your needs.