(NEWS CENTER) - Thinking about replacing the windows in your home?New windows can definitely spruce up the appearance of your house. And it's one of the best ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. But it's a huge investment.
Lori Torres' century old home was in dire need of new windows.
Angie Hicks founder of Angie's List says: "When it comes to items around your house nothing is going to last forever and windows are no different. You can expect you're going to replace your windows if you live in your house for a long period of time. Your return on investment can be a really good return in your heating and cooling bills throughout the year, but you need to live in your house for a period of time before you realize those savings which can be as much as seventy percent.
Homeowner Lori says she noticed the difference right away... "They put the windows in, installed them in January, and immediately. We had a cold winter, lots of snow, immediately, particularly when we were in the kitchen we could feel that there was no more draft, also sitting in our living room right here there's two windows in one area and you could always feel the draft coming through. So that stopped immediately. We noticed an immediate, nice warm difference when we had them installed."
If you need new windows, you have lots of options. It definitely pays to shop around... And to educate yourself on what's out there.
Window Salesman Chris Pasa says "The most important rating system that windows have today is the U factor. U factor is a number that they put on each window that tells you just how efficient it is. The lower the number, the more efficient that window is."
And... Generally speaking... The more expensive it will be.
Style and materials used, will also effect the cost.
And another thing to consider is... durability.
Pasa says: "The two most popular windows are still wood windows and vinyl windows. Typically when you use a wood window it's a clad version, meaning it's a solid wood window but it's covered on the outside with either vinyl or aluminum, that way you don't have the upkeep and you don't need to worry about them rotting and things like that. And then the other window is a vinyl window, which is 100% vinyl. It's inside and out maintenance free and should last you a lifetime."
It's also important that windows are installed correctly.
If they're not... You'll have trouble down the road... And it could void your warranty.
And if you're concerned about the price tag up front... You could opt to replace your windows in batches over time... As funds become available. Also, look into federal tax credits available for qualifying windows, which can help lower the upfront costs.
Also, look into federal tax credits available for qualifying windows, which can help lower the upfront costs.