Double-paned windows have a great reputation. Everyone says they save energy, which saves you money, and it may increase your home’s value. Is it true?
According to the Department of Energy, windows account for 25 – 30 percent of energy loss in a home. Choosing the right windows and a professional installer is the key to energy efficiency in your home, which means more money in your pocket and a more comfortable home.
Double-pane windows are a more energy-efficient option, but like any home improvement, has its pros and cons, let’s explore them below.
Pros of Double-Paned Windows
- Lower energy bills – Because double-paned windows insulate your home better, you’ll use less energy which results in lower bills. During the winter months, they keep the warm air inside, which means less furnace use and in the summer months, they keep the hot air outside, which means less A/C use. Both result in more money in your pocket.
- More comfort – Double-paned windows keep your home at a steady temperature without using the furnace or A/C. While you’ll still use them, it will be less often, which creates a more comfortable atmosphere in your home. You won’t need to bundle up as much in the winter or be too hot in the summer.
- Better for the environment – When you use less energy, you decrease your carbon footprint on the environment. Using fewer fossil fuels and greenhouse emissions helps improve the environment, with an important feature of your home.
- Better security – Protecting your home is easier with double-paned windows as they’re harder to break into than single-pane. You can add other features, including tougher glass to them too for even more protection.
- No Condensation – If you’ve ever woken up to completely fogged up windows, you’ve seen condensation issues. The inner window of double-paned windows isn’t exposed to the warm or cold air outside, so there’s little risk of condensation build-up when cold air meets warm air. Condensation breeds moisture, which causes mildew growth, but double-paned windows decrease this risk.
Cons of Double-Paned Windows
- Higher investment – All windows are an investment, but double-paned windows cost more than single-pane, which turns some people off. Compare the cost to the energy savings, though, to see the true value.
- Upgrade the entire home – You can’t replace a single-window with double-paned windows and leave the rest single-pane. It creates an awkward look and you lose the energy efficiency benefits double-pane windows provide.
- May not suit your home – Some homes (not many) don’t look ‘right’ with double-pane windows. Older homes or homes with unique character may not be the right fit for these modern window alternatives.
The Cost of Double-Pane Windows
Like all home improvements, window costs are all over the place, but on average, expect to pay $600 – $850 per window. The exact cost depends on the features you add and the cost of installation.
Don’t make the mistake of hanging the windows yourself. If you’re investing in your home, have a professional install the windows. This ensures maximum energy-efficiency with proper installation. The right installer will help you choose the perfect windows, give advice, and ensure the windows are perfectly installed for a beautiful look and maximum energy efficiency.
Double-paned windows are an investment, but one you’ll earn back as they help increase your home’s value. Not only are they energy-efficient, but they’re aesthetically pleasing, improving your home’s overall curb appeal.