Thursday, March 29, 2007

Are Energy Efficient Windows Worth It?

Thinking about upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows?  With the summer season almost upon us here in Phoenix, the idea of cutting those cooling bills seems like a dream come true!
Even though Energy Efficient windows will save you about 30% of your annual heating and cooling bill, that only adds up to about $200-$300 in savings for the average Phoenix home.  Even with tax incentives of up to $500 for windows and doors (only $200 can be applied to windows), that’s still not much of a savings if you’re looking for a return on your investment.  For more information on the tax credit, click here.
Given those figures, it should take about 10 years for you to recoup your investment. So if you’re thinking about moving or selling your home, it doesn’t make much financial sense to upgrade your windows.  However, if you’re planning on staying in your home, need to replace your windows anyway, or are adding an addition, you can upgrade the look of your house both inside and out!
If you are looking to replace your windows, make sure to look for the Energy Star Rating, and if you can, replace your old windows with triple paned (yes, triple), low-E coated windows.  These will give you the best cooling effect.
I had been dreaming of replacing my windows in my two-story house to help with cooling costs in the summer.  I have those old aluminum single-paned windows that probably let about 50% of my cold air out into the sunshine every day!  However, after discovering how long it takes to recoup your investment, I think I may wait and opt for some desert landscaping instead!