When shopping for new windows, there is one feature you should focus on above all else: energy efficiency. Windows made to be energy efficient are a smart financial choice for many reasons. Here are four financial benefits of choosing modern, energy-efficient replacement windows for your Michigan home.
Lower Energy Bills
Energy efficient windows reduce your heating bills in the winter and your cooling bills in the summer. These windows are made with highly efficient glass that allows less heat to pass directly through it than does traditional glass. In the summer, your home will stay cooler, even with the sun’s rays beating down on your windows. Your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard to keep up. In the winter, less heat will seep out through the glass, so your furnace does not have to turn on as often.
For highly efficient windows, don’t just focus on the glass. Also make sure the sash and frame material is a good insulator. Fibrex® from Renewal by Andersen, for example, is a very efficient material.
Increased Home Value
These days, home buyers place great value on efficiency when shopping for a home. Installing energy efficient windows will increase your home value and make it easier for you to find a buyer when you do sell the home. Especially in competitive real estate markets, having energy efficient windows may be the factor that differentiates your home from the competitors. You can recoup a large percentage of the cost to install new windows when you sell the home.
The materials used to frame energy efficient windows also tend to be very low-maintenance. Fibrex, for instance, does not need to be scraped and painted like wood. You don’t have to worry about staining or sealing it, either. The tight seal between the Fibrex sashes and glass does not just stop air from leaking in; it also prevents water leaks, so you don’t have to worry about moisture damage inside your Michigan home. By choosing energy efficient windows, you are minimizing the costly maintenance and repairs you will need to do on your home and windows later on. You can also avoid having to buy expensive, insulating curtains or blinds when you have such efficient windows.
Rebates and Tax Deductions
In many cases, you will be eligible for tax credits or deductions if you choose energy efficient windows. Tax laws change almost yearly and differ by jurisdiction, so talk to an accountant or tax professional in your area to learn about the specific deductions available to you. The money you save on taxes can help reduce the final cost of your new, energy efficient windows.
Choosing the most energy efficient windows you can find will save you a bundle, not only on your energy bills, but also on your taxes and maintenance costs, and by increasing your home value. To learn more about efficient windows, contact the experts at Renewal by Andersen. We offer free consultations in your Michigan home, and we can discuss the best glass and sash materials for your needs.