Storm Windows are Cost Effective Energy Savers
Home energy costs are painful enough in good times, but during economic instability, smart consumers should be looking for the most cost effective ways to save energy in their homes.
If you’re looking at options, don’t overlook storm windows. They have been proven energy savers for years because they provide an extra layer of insulating glass and are easily installed right over existing windows.
So, despite their name, they’re not really about storms, they’re about saving money. And they’re very good at it, in both cold and hot weather. A good one can cut a window’s energy loss by as much as 50% according to the Department of Energy.
Storm windows have a lot of advantages worth considering. First, they’re inexpensive. An average size storm window costs about $40. The same size replacement window can run $400-600 or more installed.
That cost difference dramatically affects the “pay back” timeframe. Storm windows can pay for themselves in just three years through energy savings. It can take 20+ years for replacement windows to do that.
Another big difference is the ease of installation. If you can read a tape measure and use a power screwdriver or drill, you can install storm windows yourself. Not the case with big, heavy replacement products.
Additionally, storm windows will result in a more comfortable, less drafty home.
Most styles are designed to install over “double hung” windows that open and close by moving up and down. Since storm windows generally have both glass and screens, they can be left on your home year-round. They can even work on picture windows, sliders or basement window openings … areas often overlooked for energy loss.