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Importance of Energy-Efficient Windows
When you’re building or remodeling a home, it pays to install energy-efficient windows that not only provide lighting, but enhance the warmth in a room, reducing your energy costs. Some homeowners overlook the true value of windows – which provide ventilation, light, warmth, and ventilation. However, windows can pose problems; they can actually decrease a home’s energy efficiency, sometimes costing homeowners hundreds, if not thousands more each year in their heating and cooling bills.
If cost isn’t an issue, you can install energy-efficient windows in your home, but if you’re on a budget, you can make energy efficient improvements to the existing windows in your home, and this can help keep the cool air in during the summer and the subzero air out during the winter months.
How Can I Improve Energy Efficiency?
“New windows are not in my budget. What else can I do to improve the energy efficiency of my existing windows?” Your options include:
- Caulking: This reduces air leakage around the windows.
- Weather-stripping: Like caulking, reduces air leakage.
- Using window treatments or curtains: Can reduce heat-loss in the winter and keep the house cool during the summer.
- Adding storm windows: These can reduce air leakage year-round.
If You Live in an Older Home
If you live in an older home that has its original windows or otherwise inefficient windows, it may make sense to replace the existing windows with new, energy-efficient ones. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “New, energy, efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.”
Before deciding to replace the windows in your home, we recommend scheduling a service call with one of our technicians. We can examine your windows for energy-efficiency or even perform a home energy audit. Through an audit, we can evaluate how your home is losing energy and show you ways to save money each month by making simple changes. We can also help with energy efficient doors, skylights, storm windows, and much more.
How to Choose New Home Windows
It’s no secret that the right window and door system can help reduce your energy bills. But with so many different options and combinations available for frames, glazing, and seals, it can get a little confusing. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sense of it all – and it all comes down to climate zones…
The Zones In Mountain Home
According to the Window Energy Rating Scheme’s (WERS) website, Arkansas has three major climate zones much like Australlia. A heating climate is an alpine or cooler area such as Tasmania or southern areas of Victoria, where energy is used most for heating. Hot and tropical areas like many parts of Queensland are cooling climates, where the primary use of energy is to keep the home cool. A mixed climate is an environment where energy is used for both heating and cooling equally, throughout the year.
If you live in a heating climate, window and door systems should work to keep you warm by keeping the heat in. For this climate, WERs recommends products that maximize the solar heat gained during the day (achieve high SHGC ratings). Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with clear glazing are a good option. However, thermally broken frames such as the ones found on Bradnam’s Signature Thermal Break range, are optimum for reducing energy consumption in a colder climate.
If you enjoy hot and tropical climates where you live, window and door systems perform best when they are designed to keep the heat out. Windows that limit solar heat gain (achieve low SHGC ratings) are suitable, and when combined with good insulation they work hard to keep the heat out of your home. Double glazed windows and doors with a Low-E glass on the outer pane are an option you can’t go past in these climates.
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When you set out to choose new home windows there are two distinct factors that you want to consider: style and efficiency. While the style is what will be most pleasing to the eye, the efficiency of the windows is what will be most pleasing to your wallet over the long haul.
When it comes to style, there are basically three types of windows that you can choose from. Here are the three styles of windows you can choose for your new home:
1. Casement: These are the most energy efficient windows. Casement windows open from a hinge by way of a crank operation. This enables the sash of the window to stay tight and let very little air though.
2. Double Hung: A double hung window has a lower panel of glass and an upper panel of glass and will open from the bottom by sliding the lower panel up. The drawback to these windows is that over time the weather seal usually gets damaged from opening and closing the window and this allows for more air to get through.
You can also get glass that is treated with a glaze either on one side or both. The glass with one side glazed will be a little less efficient versus the glass with both sides glazed and this will again affect price.
The cream of the crop in window glass is Low-e window glass. These windows feature two panes of glass per panel and in-between the glass there is an invisible gas, such as argon, that keeps heat in or out depending on what you want. While these windows have the tops in glass they also carry the top price.
In the end it is all up to you and you have to weigh the overall savings due to the efficiency of the windows to the overall cost of the windows. A good rule of thumb when selecting new home windows is to go with ones that are as efficient as possible, but that still fit in your budget.
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