If you're wondering which home improvement project will give you the most bang for your buck this spring, you should seriously consider replacing the windows in your home with new high performance windows. Not only will you save significantly on heating and cooling costs, you'll be eligible for a federal tax credit if the windows that you select meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star standards. Following are five more excellent reasons for replacing those old windows with efficient new models.
Treated window glass will provide enough protection from UV rays that you won't have to keep your blinds closed during the bright part of the day in order to protect your flooring, furniture upholstery, and wall art from becoming faded due to exposure to too much sun. UV protective glass was available in the past, but it was tinted to the extent that it made the outside view look gray and dingy. Today's UV protective glass provides a completely clear view.
New windows can also drastically reduce the amount of noise that reaches the home interior from outside sources, making their installation a particularly attractive option for those who live near railroad tracks, airports, or highways with heavy amount of traffic. Acoustic glass is available that can minimize the passage of sounds waves through the glass, and today's superior sealing techniques also serve to keep unwanted sounds out.
Superior sealing techniques also mean that drafts coming in from the outdoors are eliminated, resulting in significant reductions in household heating and cooling costs. The EPA estimates that the utility bills of the average home decrease by 12 percent after old windows are replaced by Energy Star certified windows.
Condensation is virtually eliminated on high-performance windows, keeping household interiors from developing high humidity levels. Too much humidity in a home can result in the formation of mold and mildew colonies, causing unpleasant odors as well as potentially endangering the health of household residents who may be sensitive to mold allergies. High humidity levels also have the potential to cause warping in wood and tile floors.
Today's window glass is strong and durable enough to deter many potential home intruders from breaking it in order to gain access to home interiors, and precisely sealed windows are much more difficult to loosen from the outside. Some homeowners opt for the added security of wire-embedded glass, which also supplies substantial visual appeal.
Replacing the windows will also increase the overall value of your home.