Energy-efficiency is something that homeowners will always want for their homes since it helps them keep their monthly bills as low as possible. This is often accomplished in numerous ways such as roof and siding replacements. While both are good tactics to make your home energy-efficient, there is one that you should never ignore: energy-efficient replacement windows.
Here, the trusted roofers and window replacement pros of ReNew Home Designs lists down the four things homeowners should always look at when buying energy-efficient replacement windows.
Style – You might be surprised to learn that your window’s style plays a part in how energy-efficient it is. For instance, hinged windows like casement or awning can reduce the amount of air leakage in your home as their sash closes by pressing against the frame. Sliding windows, on the other hand, are the complete opposite, requiring them to be weather-stripped first.
ENERGY STAR® Label and Rating – When looking for new windows, make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label on your prospective purchase. However, just because you know what to look for doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn more about it. For a window to earn the ENERGY STAR label, there are two performance ratings you need to look for: the U-Factor, which rates how much non-solar heat can escape your home and the SHGC, which dictates how much solar heat can pass through the window. The lower these numbers are, the more energy-efficient your window is.
Glazing – Window and roof replacement professionals will tell you that you should always look at the glazing of a potential window and they’re right because there are actually many kinds of window glazing available. These include gas fills, heat-absorbing tints, Low-E coatings, and reflective coatings. Out of the four, experts recommend that you choose a glass that has a Low-E coating.
Frame – Some homeowners often make the mistake of overlooking the importance of the window frame when buying new ones. In actuality, the material of your frames actually affects your window’s energy-efficiency capabilities as aluminum, wood, vinyl and composite all have different rates of heat transfer. For instance, wood, vinyl and fiberglass frames are usually recommended due to their heat transfer resistance while aluminum frames are only recommended for humid climates.
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