Windows are considered the eyes of the home. They provide warmth, light, fresh air, and a view of your outside world. With all these positive attributes, you wouldn’t believe that windows can negatively affect your home. However, they can. Run down, older windows can severely reduce the energy efficiency in your home and can also account for up to 30 percent of your energy costs. You may have invested in an expensive air conditioning system, but without suitable windows, you are likely using way more energy to keep your home cool. Drafty windows can cause your new air conditioning system to work harder than it should, which can also lead to higher maintenance costs.
Upgraded, energy-saving windows can save you thousands of dollars in utility bills over the long run. It is more cost-effective to replace the old windows with new, energy-efficient windows rather than attempt to improve your energy conservation any other way.
Replacing your current windows with high-performance double-paned windows will not just improve your home’s energy efficiency in the summer and winter. In fact, new, high-performance windows will add to the beauty and comfort of your home.
Another benefit of energy-efficient windows is that they can significantly increase the value of your home. To find the right windows for your home, contact a reputable window installation company near you. A window technician will be able to advise you on what you need and what your window options are.
With rapidly rising energy costs and the threat of global warming, energy-efficient windows are no longer an indulgence. With uPVC windows, your living space will become more comfortable due to the added insulation. When fitted with double glazing, the benefits from noise and heat transfer reduction are substantial. uPVC windows are:
If your current windows are in good condition, taking steps to reduce energy loss through windows can make your home more comfortable and save you money on energy bills. You have two choices if you hope to reduce the amount of energy lost because of your windows and improve the comfort of your home: update or replace your home’s windows.
If your windows are in good form, taking steps to improve their efficiency may be the most cost-effective decision. There are several ways you can improve the efficiency of your existing home windows.
With any window improvements you make, follow up afterward to ensure proper installation and that air leaks are gone. To test for a draft, hold a lit candle to the window. If the fire begins to sway, there is still a draft coming from the window.
If you decide to replace your windows, you will have to make several decisions regarding the kind of replacements you would like to make. You might have the choice of replacing the windows in their existing frames. This option will need to be discussed with your window retailer and the installer to find out how to go about it and the choices involved. You will also need to decide what features you are looking for in your new windows. To start, you will need to decide on the following:
In addition to deciding on the window type, you also need to consider design, energy use, warranties, and proper installation. First, check for the Energy Star label when buying new windows. Next, review the ratings on the energy performance label from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to find the most efficient windows for your requirements.
NFRC grades are included on all Energy Star certified windows and offer a reliable way to define a window’s energy properties and compare products. Study energy performance ratings for windows to understand how to read the labels and energy-use information.
Once you decide on the right window for your home and the right company for the installation, you are on your way to conserving energy and saving money.
Additional Reading: Update or Replace Windows – Energy.gov
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