If you are considering getting replacement windows in Portland, OR, energy efficiency may be one of your main reasons for making the switch. Windows that are 15 or even 20 years old (or older!) have reached the end of their lifespan. If your windows are that old, chances are they are drafty and not functioning properly. They might have gaps from damage over the years, warping, or an ill fit from an installer years ago. Your energy bills are higher, and your HVAC system is working harder to try and maintain your comfort.
Windows will become less efficient as they age. That’s normal. You might see cracks around the window frames as your home settles in the foundation and you’ll be opening and closing the windows over the years, which can damage the mechanisms over time. Damage is common in older windows, especially wood windows that have been sitting out in the weather elements, and the windows may not fit tightly within the frame any longer.
When you have older windows, they can be the cause of a large percentage of energy loss in your home. They are likely the cause of more energy loss than anything else in the house, in fact. So installing new windows for energy efficiency reasons is definitely going to help you out. You will want to choose energy efficient windows to make the most out of the project.
The first thing to recognize is that any windows you get, even standard models, are likely going to be more energy efficient than what you have now. Windows have come a long way in recent years and even the standard windows meet a certain (much higher) efficiency level than windows that are decades old. Even if you can’t afford any upgrades, you will still be better off.
That being said, it’s good to match your windows to your home. Talking to window professionals can help you figure out what upgrades are best for your home, if you can afford them. GO to the professionals with a budget in mind so you can work with the costs upfront and only look over upgrades and options seriously if you can afford them in the first place.
Getting new windows for any reason if you need them is the right move. But if you need energy efficiency in your home, replacement windows in Portland, OR will definitely help. Once the installation is complete, the home is sealed up, more comfortable, with lower bills, and an HVAC system that can take a break. If you want to hear about efficiency options, contact the professionals at Advanced Energy Services. We can answer questions by phone or set you up with a free consultation when you call us at (503) 563-6866. We’d also love to show you around our showroom and talk about ratings labels and what they mean for efficiency and your home’s comfort and value. You can visit with us in person at 9150 SW Pioneer Ct Ste D Wilsonville, OR 97070.