As a homeowner in the northeast, well accustomed to the wild, cold winds that whip through Pittsburgh, it is no wonder why many Pittsburgh homeowners start to question and take stock of their windows as fall hits. From noticing more drafts to wanting to improve the overall look of their home, there are a lot of reasons why you should or could replace your windows. Is it really worth it to replace your windows? Do they have that big of an effect on your home?
The short answer? Yes! They really do! The advance in technology simply giving you a better product (and in effect a more efficient home) can lead to potentially hundreds of dollars in energy savings. If you’re on the fence about if replacing your windows this fall is worth it, here are three financial aspects for you to consider.
Energy efficiency is easily one of the best reasons to replace your windows. Is it nice to have beautiful, updated windows? Yes, but an even bigger advantage is the extra cash it can put in your pocket. According to energystar.gov, replacement windows can save you anywhere from $125-$340 a year when replacing single-pane windows. Not only will this save you money, but it’ll also keep your home safe from the chilly winds whipping through Pittsburgh this winter.
Increased Home Value
Not only can new windows improve your chances of selling your home and getting a better price for it due to increased energy efficiency and a modern update, but they can also actually increase your home's value so much that you’ll get back about 73% of the cost of the project when you sell.
It does not take difficult math to come to the conclusion that the older the product, the more likely it is to break and need work done on it. This is not a dig on whatever window brand in your home either, we’ve replaced our own 40-year-old windows many times in the past and that’s a very old window as well. The average window lasts 20-25 years. The simple fact is that every product, even those that are a part of something as withstanding as your home, has an end-date on it and the older they get, the more difficult it is to make cost-efficient repairs. In combination with the warranties currently offered, not only will it be less out of your pocket in the long-term, but it will be less of a headache as well.
The financial advantages alone when you live in a city with all four-seasons make replacing your windows well worth it, but taking into consideration the upgraded look of your home and quality of your life should be something take into consideration as well. If you would like to explore your options for this fall and winter around the Steel City, schedule a consultation here.