If the time has come to replace your home's windows, you may be thinking about having impact windows installed to replace the old ones. This is especially true if you live in an area that is often inundated by severe weather fronts like hurricanes. Besides being able to withstand high winds and flying objects better than standard windows and thereby, reducing repair costs, impact windows can save money in other ways.

1.  Homeowner's Insurance Premium May Decrease

One unexpected money-saving benefit of installing impact windows of which you may not have been aware is that doing so may help decrease your homeowner's insurance premium. Because of the increased risk of breakage for standard windows in areas that receive heavy storms, premiums may be higher because of the increased likelihood that the insurance company will have to eventually pay to have them replaced.

However, since impact windows are thicker and designed to withstand the high winds and flying debris caused by moderate hurricanes and blizzard conditions, they are less likely to break and need replacing. Because you have taken the extra step of attempting to prevent damage to the windows, many insurance companies will give you a discount after installing the windows.

2.  Energy Efficiency of Your Home Often Increases

Another advantage of impact windows that can help save you money, in the long run, is that help to increase your home's energy efficiency. While it is true that standard multi-pane windows do provide some insulation, they do not hold up as well as impact windows.

Since impact windows are thicker and have more air between multiple panes to help protect them, they often afford an extra layer of protection against any air coming from the outside or indoor air trying to escape. Because of the decreased drafts and escaping air, your heating and air conditioning systems do not have to work as hard to make your home comfortable, reducing your energy costs.

Besides providing extra protection for your home during violent storms, impact windows may also help you save money by reducing your homeowner's insurance and decreasing the workload on your heating and air conditioning systems by making your home more energy-efficient. Contact a contractor near you who offers impact-resistant window replacement services to find out more about their advantages as well as request an estimate for having them installed on your home. They'll help you find the right option for your home.