These days, homeowners want to minimize heating and cooling costs, and choosing energy-efficient windows is a crucial step. There are many things to look for when selecting a window to ensure it will save as much money on heating and cooling costs as possible. This week, we’ve outlined a few things to consider when you opt to install energy-efficient windows.
Energy Star Label
Energy Star is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. The goal of energy star is to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. This label is definitely one of the first things you want to look for when you think about updating your windows.
The location and placement of windows are also pretty crucial for energy efficiency. While completely changing the location of a window is a significant renovation, it may be worth it in the long run to save costs on heating and cooling.
The type of glass in windows also affects how well your home is insulated. Dual and triple-pane glass insulates two and three times more than regular single pane glass. Keep in mind that tempered and laminated glass options will also be effective in maximizing your energy efficiency. You can also select a low emissivity glass coating that helps reflect winter cold and summer hear while blocking UV rays.
A wooden window frame is one of the most popular options, as wood frames are less prone to transferring heat and cold. However, if you don’t want wooden frames, several other options will help make your home more energy-efficient. For example, vinyl framing is very affordable and can offer excellent insulation. A framing option that provides the best of both worlds is a wood-clad design, which provides a low-maintenance exterior of your choosing and a temperature-transfer-resistant wood interior.
Regardless of your choice of window, make sure you are picking an option that ensures you won’t need to worry about another replacement five years from now. Have questions about window replacement or starting a new renovation project? Contact us today!