How Much Energy Can I Save With Vinyl Replacement Windows in Florida? 

Mar 22, 2023

It’s common for homeowners in Florida to keep their air conditioners running during the summer to combat the hot, humid climate. However, this can cause energy loss if your windows are inefficient and allow cold air to escape. Installing new windows may reduce that energy loss—specifically vinyl replacement windows, which are naturally insulating, highly energy efficient, and can keep your home cool and comfortable longer. All of this can translate to energy savings. But what makes vinyl windows energy efficient, and how much energy do they help save?

Factors That Impact Energy Savings

One of the main benefits of installing new windows on your home is the possibility of energy savings. However, it’s difficult to pinpoint precisely how much energy you’ll save with vinyl replacement windows. While you will see a significant improvement after replacing your old windows, it also depends on how often you run your HVAC system, how hot (or cold) your area of Florida gets, and other aspects of your home, such as the amount and quality of insulation in your walls and attic.

There are some estimates from ENERGY STAR, however. Nationwide, ENERGY STAR®-certified windows may be able to reduce energy bills by 12% annually. When modeled for Florida, ENERGY STAR estimated that replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR®-certified windows may save homeowners 31% annually on heating and cooling costs. And replacing double-pane windows with ENERGY STAR®-certified windows may save them as much as 17%.

The Energy Efficiency of Modern Vinyl Windows

Outdated single-pane windows are responsible for energy loss and heat transfer in your home. This can cause your HVAC system to become overworked, raising your electricity costs. Worn-out windows can also sag, which creates gaps that allow air to escape, making your home’s interior temperature unstable. Lastly, the frames on old windows do not have the thermal performance or insulative properties that new vinyl frames offer. These factors alone make vinyl replacement windows an excellent choice to replace old single-pane windows and save energy.

Cutting-Edge Features Save More Energy

Many modern windows can be made even more energy efficient with the addition of certain features. While replacing single-pane windows with double-pane glass improves thermal performance, you can also opt for more panes or thicker glass for even better energy efficiency. Moreover, adding extra insulation to the frames and low-E glass coatings can reduce heat gain, which is important in Florida’s hot climate. An experienced window replacement company can guide you on the best options for your vinyl replacement windows for your climate and energy usage.

Choose Vinyl Replacement Windows for Your Home

Do you want to find out more about energy-efficient vinyl windows? The knowledgeable team at Polk County Window & Door can answer all your questions. We can tell you more about the efficiency of our ENERGY STAR®-certified vinyl windows, schedule a consultation, and help you get started on your window replacement project. We offer windows in numerous colors, styles, finishes, and hardware choices, so your aesthetic options won’t be limited. And when you work with us, you can rest assured that your new windows will be fitted, sealed, and installed correctly, which means you’ll enjoy maximum energy efficiency. Contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to working with you.