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Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?

Started this discussion. Last reply by KRicket Smith-Gary Mar 20. 24 Replies

Hey Guys,Im looking at buying energy efficient windows for my home. I hear they can considerably reduce heating loss in winter while keeping the place cool in Summer. Does anyone know rounghly how…Continue

Tags: efficient, energy

Assessing the true end user price of installing a new boiler?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Cook May 11, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi there, I often get quizzed over the true cost to the user of installing a new boiler.  It seems to me consumers do not understand the costs around buying and installing a new boiler. You have…Continue

Tags: regulations, pricing, boiler

 

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KRicket Smith-Gary replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"There is more to windows than just their individual performance- they are usually the least efficient part of the building envelope.  That means that in cold temperatures- they are the surface for condensation of moisture- and if that's…"
Mar 20
Victor Rols Lindsay replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"Installing glass over glass does not make sense given glass has a poor thermal rating, even if it is properly air sealed and low -e. Take a good look at Magnetite and/or Indow those numbers make sense."
Mar 13
Victor Rols Lindsay replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"And like my own house, lots of air sealing"
Mar 13
Kerry Haglund replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
Mar 12
Eric Miller replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"So many replies - obviously this is a hot topic :) I agree that unless the existing windows are single pane, changing windows for the sake of energy savings is not cost effective. I haven't read all the posts but I didn't see anyone…"
Mar 12
Sandy Michaels replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"There are so many factors to consider when replacing windows. For example, if you block the heat gain from the winter sun, it will increase your heat load. But if the home has deciduous shade or awnings that will block the summer sun, then you could…"
Mar 7
Al Heath replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"No matter what the salesman tell you, Energy savings from Windows are about 2 to 3% of the total energy bill. That's a lot of investment for not much Payback especially when you consider the cost of 10 to $20,000 in Windows. Usually the best…"
Mar 7
Mark Furst replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"After testing many hundreds of homes over the years I find that replacing windows is usually the least of people's needs. In older homes there's much more effective ways to spend that money doing air sealing and insulating, usually for…"
Mar 7
Kerry Haglund replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"Agree, for some highly efficient windows. Hence my comment about replacing windows for other reasons than efficiency measures."
Mar 7
Scott Katznelson replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"Despite many fine comments, in the end, you either run your home's data through energy modeling software or you're just guessing. In most (but not all) cases, window replacement will not return a payback in energy savings within even 15-20…"
Mar 7
Kerry Haglund replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"The Efficient Windows Collaborative's Window Selection Tool can help with some cost numbers.https://www.efficientwindows.org/existing_selection1.php Of course as mentioned in the earlier posts, efficient windows are replaced often for other…"
Mar 7
Victor Rols Lindsay replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"I have read some of the comments where everyone explains payback.... long story short explore companies like Magnetite, Indow etc. Well worth the money at a less cost and less mess to the home/ better performance than new windows with less ROI. "
Mar 4
Luis Rios replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"To really know how much you are going to save it is important to know the current condition of the windows you have.  It will be much more worth your investment to hire a window replacement company, if your windows are more than 10 years old,…"
Feb 24
Diane Chojnowski replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"We purchased Indow window inserts (interior storm windows) for our house built in 1860. The increase in comfort is significant. The dining room used to be freezing cold and now is comfortable."
Feb 13
Kathryn Foster replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"To add to your research, here's an article about storm windows: https://indowwindows.com/resources/storm-windows-guide/. The company I work for manufactures interior storm windows that require no construction. They're custom made for…"
Feb 11
Philip G. Loudon replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"All great questions but are we to now require an ROI for jetted hot tubs and interior flooring? Of course not. We buy these items because they make us comfortable. Comfort is defined by three primary components; air movement, humidity and radiant…"
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