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Cost of Moving: Replacing old windows

It is important to replace older windows.

It is important to replace older windows.

When planning to move into a home, it is important to do more than just trying to save money on your budget when getting items from point-A to point-B. There are many other matters that need to be addressed once your moving company brings your new items to your new home. If the home you are moving to is older, it may not have new windows. While installing these can be expensive, it could actually be a huge energy-saver, which may help keep your money in your wallet in the future.

Old windows are notorious for being drafty, but this doesn't just affect keeping the heat in during the winter. It also will hurt the level of cool air your air conditioning system pumps out. You can tell if you have a leaky window by taking a piece of paper and holding it near the frame gaps. If it moves, that means there is air coming in. Sometimes, the leaks are so significant that you actually feel the air pouring in just from holding your hand over it.

While you can replace all old wooden windows with Energy Star models, you may want to prioritize your changes with the windows that have the most air flowing through them. This will begin to help improve your situation, and you should see differences in your energy bills. The tighter your home's windows are, the better all energy-saving products will function. This is especially true for air conditioners, as otherwise these machines will have to work overtime in order to cool the same area, which can increase the costs of your electric bill.

Replacing all of the windows should be the goal, despite it being expensive. The new window's price can vary, and if they need to be installed by a professional, this could actually cost more than $1,000 each, depending on the home, window type and contractor. Even if it seems like a lot of money now, it won't be in the long-run. Not only will you save, but your home will begin to have lower bills year-round.

Taking the time to examine your energy efficiency needs will help you ensure that your home is in good order and help you feel relieved that you made the right decision.