What To Consider When Shopping for New Windows

opened new windows on a warm summery day with black aluminum frames

Are your house windows starting to get old? Maybe they’re sticking when you try to open and close them, or they’re drafty and you’re worried that heat and AC are leaking right out. 

But replacement windows aren’t cheap. Are they really worth the cost? 

Before you decide, you have to consider several factors, from the cost of the windows and the energy savings they’ll provide to the aesthetic value and curb appeal they’ll add to your home. 

In this guide, we break down the cost vs benefits of a window installation so you can decide whether new windows are worth it for your home. 

First things first—cost.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?

Replacement windows come in a huge variety of styles, sizes, materials, and finishes. That means they also come at a huge range of price points. Depending on the type of window you choose, replacements could cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of $1,000 per window.

Rebates & Tax Incentives Save You Money on New Windows

The best windows on the market today are ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient windows. These high-efficiency windows come with many benefits (more on that below) but one of the most important is that they qualify for rebates and tax incentives.

Mass Save® Window Rebates 

When you replace single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient windows, you can get a $75 rebate for every window you replace through Mass Save. To qualify, you must have your existing windows verified during a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment

*Some restrictions apply. Offers are subject to change or cancellation. Visit MassSave.com/HEA for full details.

Federal Tax Credit for Window Replacement 

You can receive a tax credit worth up to $600 when you install ENERGY STAR Most Efficient windows in your home. If you claim a rebate on your windows, you must subtract the rebate amount from your total costs before claiming your tax credit.

Benefits of Installing New Windows

There are many benefits to installing new house windows, especially when you choose high-efficiency replacement windows. 

  • Energy Savings – Installing energy efficient windows saves energy, especially if you’re replacing single-pane windows. A typical household will save $101 to $583 per year when replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR Most Efficient certified models. 
  • Comfort – Multi-pane windows stop cold drafts in the winter and block heat in the summer. If you want to open your blinds to let light in but don’t because of the heat, new windows will solve your problem. 
  • Noise Canceling – Multi-pane windows provide soundproofing and will make a huge difference if you live on a busy street. 
  • Curb Appeal – The right windows can completely transform your home, making it look newer and better cared for.
  • UV Protection – Energy efficient windows have special coatings that block UV rays, protecting your carpets, flooring, and furniture from sun damage.

Should You Replace Your Windows?

The benefits are clear, but replacing your windows is still an investment, even with rebates and incentives. Given the cost, it’s important to make sure that you really need new windows before you decide to install them. 

Replacing your windows makes sense if: 

  • Your current windows are single-pane 
  • Your current windows are cracked, broken, or have bent frames 
  • You live near a major road or in a busy area and the noise bothers you 
  • You can’t open your blinds in the summer because of the heat 
  • You can’t sit near windows during the winter because they’re so cold and drafty 
  • You don’t like the way your windows look 

Energy Efficient Window Installers in Massachusetts

Think you’re ready for new windows? Call the pros at Neeeco! We provide no-cost Home Energy Assessments that include a window assessment to help you determine which home upgrades will have the biggest impact on your home’s energy efficiency. If you need new windows, we can help you find out if you qualify for Mass Save window rebates to reduce your installation costs.

Save on new energy efficient windows with Mass Save rebates! Call 781-309-7540 or contact us a no-cost Home Energy Assessment to get started.