10 Reasons to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows for Your Minnesota Home
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10 Reasons to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows for Your Minnesota Home

While the Twin Cities might offer the beauty of all the seasons, the changing weather can be detrimental to the health and safety of your home. And, If you live in Minnesota, chances are you’re fully aware of how weather can drastically change day to day. The frequent changes in weather can cause strain on your home and your wallet.

If you want to save money on your electric bill, one great option is to swap out your current windows with more energy-efficient options. An upgrade to energy-efficient windows can help significantly, and here are ten reasons why!

1. Save Money on Utility Bills

One of the most important parts of homeownership is how much money you spend as opposed to how much money you can save. The initial cost of energy-efficient windows is higher but can save you anywhere between $150-$250 on energy bills per year, depending on where you live. This means that you will save money over time.

New windows won’t save you money if they are not installed properly, however. So if you’re not experienced, it’s best to contact a trusted professional for the job.

2. Increase Your Home’s Value

Looking to sell your house in the future? It’s a good idea to consider replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones as this can give some of the highest return on investment out of any home remodeling project.

Replacing outdated windows with a modern, energy-efficient style could net you around a 70-80% profit when it comes time to sell your home. The newer windows will look contemporary and in line with current design trends, and this will increase the curb appeal.

Plus, the fact they lead to a lower energy bill is a plus for potential buyers.

3. Reduce Outside Noise

If you live near New Brighton or Roseville, chances are your home sits in a densely populated area with heavy noise pollution. This can be irritating if you want to enjoy the comfort of your home in peace. Energy-efficient windows have a double-pane that offers a two-inch gap between, giving outside noises space to dissipate before it reaches the interior of your home. So, if noise is driving you up the wall, find the peace and quiet you’re looking for with sealed windows.

4. Stand Up to Minnesota Weather

There’s a reason why Minnesotans love talking about the weather – it can change a lot. One week you can have bitter cold conditions contribute to the ice dam on your roof, then an unforgiving spring storm the next. No matter the extreme, energy-efficient windows can withstand all that Minnesota weather has to offer.

With the air-tight insulation, your A/C and furnace will also have a lightened load as the temperature inside your home won’t fluctuate as drastically as it will outside.

5. Better for the Environment

Along with the reduced energy bills comes less impact on the environment. A poorly insulated home will allow the outside elements to leak in, making your A/C or your heating element work harder.

When they work harder, more energy is consumed by your household, thus leaving a large carbon footprint. The insulation of energy-efficient windows can keep outside weather out, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint on the earth.

6. Get Natural Sunlight Without the Heat

Natural sunlight makes your house feel brighter and more comfortable. But, you don’t want to let a lot of heat into the home and spend a lot more money on utilities.

Luckily, energy-efficient windows are sprayed with a thin coating that bounces UV light away while allowing the short-wave radiation (just sunlight) to pass through. This allows natural sunlight in your home without UV’s harsh effects on temperature.

The only con is that your cat might be disappointed when it tries to sunbathe again!

7. Energy-Efficient Windows Last Longer

If you don’t like to do a job more than once, then energy-efficient windows are the way to go. With double the life expectancy of single-pane windows, energy-efficient windows could last you 40-50 years in some circumstances. So, most likely, you won’t have to worry about updating the windows on your current home again, as they are a long-lasting investment.

8. Improve the Overall Health of Your Home

Not only does condensation block the view from your window, but it can also be damaging to your home. Condensation happens when warm, moist air touches a cooler surface. Whether the condensation forms on the interior or exterior, it can still have damaging effects on your home, such as mold.

Indoor activities like cooking, showering, or doing laundry can create moisture, causing condensation to show up on your windows. The double-pane on energy-efficient windows helps provide a barrier between the contrasting temperatures and humidity on both the exterior and interior of your home.

9. They Keep Cold Air In

While the winters might get cold in the Twin Cities, summers can be hot. To keep your air conditioner from working overtime, consider energy-efficient windows.

Not only do they keep the heat from getting in during the peak of summer, but they also keep the inside air from getting out. This means these windows keep it colder in the summer and warmer in the winter.

10. You Won't Need Window Maintenance As Often

While you may still need window repair in the case of storm damage or an emergency, newer, energy-efficient windows are sound and secure. You will be less likely to need regular maintenance visits to keep them sealed shut.

New Window Panes Don’t Have to Be a Pain

Like many home remodeling projects, replacing your windows will cost you a healthy chunk of change. Apple Exteriors provides fair financing with a fixed monthly payment with no prepayment penalties. To make sure you get the best deal with the highest quality of work, get a free quote from Apple Exteriors today!

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