Let's play a Twin Cities weatherman for a moment. The average normal lows, November through March in Minneapolis-St. Paul, are as follows (all temperatures listed in Fahrenheit):
Now how about the record lows?
Let's segue from there to talk window replacement in Minneapolis for just a minute. Those average lows for the winter months are pretty cold, and to be honest, those record lows for the same time period are downright scary. Sounds more like Alaska than the lower 48. What's that mean for your window situation in the Twin Cities? It means that unless you've got some top-quality windows protecting and insulating your home from those kinds of bitter winter temperatures, you're paying a pretty penny to keep things comfortable inside your abode.
Of course, any plan regarding the improvement of your home's overall energy efficiency should ideally be a holistic one, including not only window replacement, but improved insulation, high-efficiency furnaces and hot water heaters, and other upgrades; you can run a search for "energy audits" for more information on the subject. However, windows are as good a place as any to start. With modern advances in window technology, the single act of replacing old windows with new ones can have a dramatic effect on your home's ability to fight off the cold and save you money year round.
Minneapolis Window Replacement Options
What exactly do we mean by "modern advances in window technology" when we talk about replacement windows? Here's a quick primer to catch you up on what's out there.
How Much Can New Windows Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?
If you pull out all the stops, an energy-efficient window outfitted with insulated vinyl frames, multiple glazings, gas fill, and a low-e coating, can reduce your energy bills during the winter by up to 40 percent. Sure the initial cost isn't cheap, our records indicate that the average cost for a multiple window replacement in Minneapolis runs about $7,000, but when you consider energy savings of 40 percent coupled with the obvious improvement in looks and value that your home will incur from having new windows installed, then this decision becomes an easy one. If you're looking to improve the overall appearance, the total value, and the energy efficiency of your home, you can't go wrong with a Minneapolis window replacement (or multiple ones) for you Minneapolis-St. Paul home.