Winter is that time of year: the season that homeowners with older windows dread. The chilly and unpredictable weather
can have a huge impact on your electric bill
, and with older windows, keeping the cold out is usually a tough challenge. One popular DIY solution that homeowners use is to shrink-wrap these windows with plastic.
You can purchase kits for window plastic coverings at your local hardware stores, and there are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos online to show you where to begin. But unless you like the look of cheap plastic obscuring your view all winter, there’s a much easier option.
What’s the point of using plastic wrap?
Plastic wrap is one solution to save money when you have drafty windows
. Plastic does a decent job of keeping heat from escaping if it stays intact. But the problem is, it doesn’t always remain intact.
So, either you’re losing money out your windows without realizing it, or you need to rip all that plastic wrap down and put up another sheet.
While covering your windows in plastic can be done in a single afternoon and is an inexpensive solution, the best option for dealing with your drafty windows? Replacing them entirely.
When you replace your windows, you’ll save on heating costs.
If you’re paying that heating bill that is a symptom of drafty windows, odds are, you can afford to replace them. Energy loss from older windows can be responsible for 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs
To put that into context, according to ENERGY STAR
, if you replace your older single-pane windows with more energy-efficient models in an average home, you could save between $101 and $583 per year on your energy bill
Depending on which older windows you replace in your home, and which type you upgrade to, you could easily end up breaking even within a few years on the energy savings alone! But there are plenty of other great reasons to replace your drafty windows as well.
You’ll drastically increase your home’s curb appeal.
If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to consider your home’s resale value when updating or remodeling your home. So if you’re thinking of replacing your old, drafty windows, know that new windows will add plenty of curb appeal to your home
For example, if you own an older house, you might have old-fashioned wood windows that have accumulated some wear and tear over the years. If you’re looking to stick with your home’s aesthetic while maxing out your home’s resale value, try energy-efficient wood windows from Window Nation
. We have a variety of colors and styles that will compliment your home and save you significant money in the long run.
You can lower your repair and maintenance costs.
Speaking of wear and tear, if you have older windows, they probably don’t have the structural integrity that they used to have. This means that you’ll need to shell out for repairs and maintenance just to keep them in working order.
Window manufacturers today put much more emphasis on sustainable design than they used to. So, when you replace your windows, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t need to get out the caulk gun or the WD-40 for a long time.
Window technology has come a long way since the construction of your home.
Not only do modern windows do a better job of preventing heat loss
, but they are also built to last, especially when you get them from Window Nation
. The windows we install are manufactured in the United States.
And, when we build windows, we guarantee them to last longer than a lifetime against harsh weather.
Quality replacement window solutions from Window Nation
Say goodbye to viewing the world through shrink wrap. Replacing your old windows with double-hung
or casement windows
is an investment
that will pay off in a variety of ways.
Reach out to Window Nation today and start this year with a new outlook. Enjoy a plastic-less view year-round with high-quality replacement windows.