If you’re remodeling your windows, then you might be considering Energy Star windows. These windows can cost considerably more than windows that aren’t Energy Star qualified. Is it worth making the investment? Learn more about the benefits of Energy Star products that go beyond saving the environment.
- Protect the contents of your home through low-emissivity coatings which reduce UV rays through the windows. In other words, the sunlight won’t damage your artwork, carpets, furniture and drapes. Although the heat gain is reduced, the visible light that enters into your home isn’t.
- Energy Star windows will perform as labeled. You can trust the marketing, because these products go through a rigorous certification process.
- Save money on your utility bills. A typical home will save $100 or more annually on heating and cooling costs when you install Energy Star windows. How much you save will depend on the style of windows you currently have, single or double pane, and where you live.
- Reduce your carbon footprint by installing more efficient windows through reducing your energy consumption.
- Energy Star products help keep your home more comfortable by keeping the temperature consistent during the winter and summer.
- Higher-performance windows reduce the load on your HVAC.
- Energy Star windows reduce the condensation around your windows, reducing the amount of water damage to the frame and surrounding materials.
When it comes to deciding whether Energy Star windows are worth it, don’t just look at the initial cost. Consider the long-term savings on your energy bill and your carbon footprint. Although the federal tax credit ended for Energy Star product installation, your state or community may have rebates and/or discounts for installing more efficient appliances and materials in your home. This could greatly affect the cost of your Energy Star windows. Don’t discount the value of windows labeled with the Energy Star certification.