Replacing ineffective and dated windows can be a large project to undertake. It can also be a huge financial decision for many homeowners. Along with the concerns of window replacement though, comes the opportunity to install units more able to control the temperature in the home while reducing utility costs. In fact, today’s market has a wide variety of both energy-efficient and affordable window options. The key is in knowing what to look for and what to avoid.
Here are three factors to consider when choosing energy efficient windows:
Most people know a wood frame is less prone to heat and cold transfer than an aluminum one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that wood is always the best choice for lowering your utility bills. There are a numbers of others materials available for window frames such as vinyl, aluminum, and wood-clad. Do the research to determine which material is the best option for both your home and your climate.
What’s inside the frame plays a major role in the energy efficiency of your home. When selecting a glass option for your unit, look for a glass that has a low U-Value (measures a window unit’s resistance to heat loss) and a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (measures how much heat enters a home through the glass). You can often find these measurements etched into the window glass itself. The lower the number, the better the window will perform.
Don’t overlook the importance of proper installation. Even the most expensive window unit won’t perform effectively if it’s not installed correctly. Homeowners should be wary of any contractor who relies too heavily on expanding foams or sealants to get a window to fit well — many of these materials aren’t waterproof and can lead to problems down the road.
As an experienced exterior contractor, Custom Installations can help with any of your window needs from simple repairs to complete window replacement. To better serve our clients, we carry all of the major brands including Pella, Marvin, Simonton, and Sunrise. Let our expert contractors provide you with all the information you need for your next window project ensuring your home is both protected and energy-efficient.
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