Benefits of double-pane windows
When it comes to saving energy and money and managing the flow of heat into or out of the home, double-pane windows (or even those with more than two panes of glass) are superior to a single-pane windows, according to Energy Star.
Double-pane windows also help dampen noise from the outdoors, which can be particularly beneficial if you live in a noisy environment, whether it’s a busy street, bustling city, or just loud neighbors. And double panes reduce condensation, which helps minimize mold growth and damage to window sills.
Comfort is a big factor too. With double-pane windows, you’ll notice fewer drafts while also addressing uncharacteristically warm or cool rooms. You’ll also practice environmental responsibility by lowering your home energy consumption. After all, less air leaking in or out means less wasted energy.
Long-term cost savings
Most double-pane windows cost between $450 and $800, with some possible extra installation costs. When you’re on a strict budget, single-pane windows may initially feel like the more cost-effective choice, but over time, energy bills will be higher than if you had double-pane windows, and you’ll be missing out on great sound insulating properties.
If you’re concerned about upfront costs, keep in mind that double-pane windows are an investment in long-term cost and energy savings. If you’ve decided to replace your windows, choose Energy Star–certified models, which can save you up to 15% on home energy bills each year.
Check out the Energy Star Rebate Finder to see if any local incentives, savings, or tax credits are available in your area. Sometimes the incentives are great enough to allow you to purchase double-pane windows even when you’re on a single-pane budget.
Remember to choose quality windows and ensure they are installed correctly. And try to resist the urge to replace just one window rather than all the windows in your home. It’s likely that heat will still be able to escape through the older windows, and overall energy savings will not reach their fullest potential.