Advances in technology have given consumers many options when it comes to choosing windows for the home. While this opens up the opportunity to choose the right windows for homes in a variety of locations with different temperature ranges, it can also make the process of choosing windows harder. Understanding the options available helps take the guesswork out of which windows are the best option for your home.
Many people take energy concerns seriously when choosing windows. Choosing energy efficient windows means keeping warm air inside during the winter and cool air flowing during the summer while also maximizing energy savings by keeping drafts and poor insulation from affecting the monthly electricity and gas bill.
How they work
Energy efficient windows work by reducing overall energy costs in the home. This is achieved in a couple of ways. Windows with more than one pane of glass do a great job of transferring heat, which can keep it indoors during the winter and reflect it outwards in the summer so the home stays cool.
Some windows are coated with reflective materials that block sun from getting in the house during the heat of the summer. They can also trap heat indoors when it’s needed. Special insulation measures also help to keep the heat in or out as needed based on the weather outside.
If you live in a new home, chances are you already have energy efficient windows. However, homes that are older than ten years, especially those with the original windows, could do with an upgrade to prevent heat transference and lower energy costs.
Energy efficient windows are available in a variety of styles, including double hung, single pane, sliding, casement and custom. One factor in the type you choose is what fits in your home’s window frames. Another is your personal preference. For example, you might prefer windows that slide side to side rather than up and down or you might live in a city that gets very cold in the winter, which would make double pane windows a bit more insulating. As you talk to a window installation expert, you can get a better idea of what types of windows would work in your home to help you make the right decision.
Benefits of energy efficient windows
One of the biggest perks to installing energy efficient windows is that you can save money on your energy bill. The exact amount varies based on the size of your home and the effectiveness of your insulation elsewhere. In some places, you can get reimbursements or tax benefits by installing energy efficient windows. The windows can also cut down on internal condensation during the cold months because the insulation materials and style of energy efficient windows keep the glass warmer, which reduces the amount of moisture that clings to the panes. Energy efficient windows can also block outside noise and look attractive from both the inside and outside of your home.