“I couldn’t believe it when the fuel bill came. This winter’s been cold, but there’s no way we used that much fuel!” Tom said. The Wellesley area homeowner had recently purchased his first home in the region, an older two story home that had lots of charm.
Along with that charm, Tom’s home also had leaky older aluminum framed double pane windows. “Everyone was telling me ‘replace these windows’ but that’s not a cheap proposition! What I want to know is are replacement windows really worth the money?”
If you have older windows in your home, you can be losing as much as 40% of all of the heat generated by your furnace or boiler to the great outdoors. Doors are also vulnerable: leaky doors, especially french doors and sliding glass doors, can be responsible for significant heat loss. All of this heat costs money. If you’d like, your utility company or county weatherization service can help you pinpoint where you’re losing heat out of your home.
As your Wellesley building contractor, we recommend a whole-home approach to energy conservation. Proper insulation of your roof and walls can help your family stay warmer, and you’ll save money. Replacement windows can also help keep a tremendous amount of the heat that’s being lost in your home. Older windows were built to the best standards available at the time, but with time and exposure to the elements, they’re no longer delivering performance that comes even close to matching what modern replacement windows can offer.
The trick is choosing high quality replacement windows. There are lots of high pressure salesmen out there who push customers into choosing the wrong windows. We’re not like that. We’re all about total home happiness. We’ll meet with you, look over your home, and identify the windows that contribute most to your high home heating costs. You don’t need to replace every window in your home to start saving money: every little improvement you make helps save money.