Replacement windows improve the curb appeal of your home and they can even save you money on your monthly power bills. Since they're a large investment in your property, you want to get as much value from your purchase even if you have limited funds. Here are a few ways to make purchasing replacement windows easier on your budget.
Replace One Side At A Time
Although your contractor may be able to replace all your windows in a day or two, you might be able to save money by spreading the work out over several months. If your windows are in bad shape and detract from the appearance of your home, you may want to replace the windows that face the street, and save the sides and back of your house for later. However, it's a good idea to change all the windows on the same side of your house at the same time, especially if you're changing from wood frames to vinyl because the windows will have a different appearance.
Replace Damaged Windows Or South Windows First
Another option is to replace the damaged windows first if they are drafty, loose due to rot, or stuck in the frame. If all your windows are in fairly good shape, then you may want to replace the south window first since they receive the most sun exposure. You may notice an immediate effect in the rooms on the south side of your house when you switch to energy-efficient windows. The rooms will be cooler in the summer and you might even see a drop in your air conditioning bill, which gives you immediate gratification on your initial investment.
Match The Energy Efficiency To Your Needs
Your home may not need the most energy-efficient windows you can buy. The most efficient windows cost the most, so you can save money by choosing less efficient windows. You may want to splurge on the most efficient windows for the south side of your home and choose less efficient windows for glass that is in shade most of the day. Even though you're trying to save money, you should probably still buy windows with at least two panes of glass since single-pane windows are the least efficient and may not give you the savings you want on your power bills.
Look for the Energy Star label on the windows you buy to make sure they meet government standards for energy efficiency, and you can be assured of buying quality windows. Also, check other labels on the window that rate for heat transfer and insulating quality so you can choose windows best suited for your climate. That way you'll only spend as much money as you need to get the desired results from your new windows.