Every homeowner looks for ways to save money on bills. Whether you’re working to conserve water, or tighten up your electricity usage, finding ways to lower your monthly bills is a long-term process. One of the best ways to save money this summer is by installing energy saving windows. It is important to have windows that keep the heat out, and the cool air in, so that you save money during the hot summer months. Here are a few things to look for as you work to install energy saving windows in your home:
The Frame is Important
There are many different types of materials used to build windows. Each one has positive and negative aspects when it comes to energy-efficiency, and each one fits a different budget:
• Wood Frames: Windows made from wood offer great insulation, but they require much more upkeep than other materials. If you live in an area where you get a lot of rain, or you live in a humid climate, there will be a big potential for rot. But, a well-built window will last a very long time in the right conditions, and will serve you well.
• Aluminum: Aluminum windows are good options for rainy and humid climates, and are common in areas where hurricanes are prone (they meet strict building codes in those areas). But, they don’t perform as well when it comes to insulation, making it a less practical option if you’re looking for energy saving windows.
• Vinyl: Vinyl windows can provide excellent energy efficiency, because high-quality vinyl windows often are build with insulated glass, and a very tight construction that reduces heat and air conditioning leakage. They can also be a great option for those with a tight budget, but don’t offer as many color choices.
• Wood-Clad: Wood-clad windows are made with a wood interior (great for keeping your home insulated), and a vinyl or aluminum exterior (which is low-maintenance). Again, however, you need to be careful in wetter climates, and you must also be careful that you have an expert installer install them properly so that they don’t succumb to water damage.
The Importance of the Glass
What’s inside the frame of your window is also important for energy-efficiency. It’s important to talk to your window provider to learn about the best options for your home and budget. Here are a few things that are good to look for:
• Double-Pane Glass
• Triple-Pane Glass (some of our triple pan is 5 times more energy-efficient than standard double pane, and comes with several layers of low-e coatings)
• Low-E Glass
• Vacuum Sealed Argon Fill
For the most energy-efficient windows, look for a sticker on the glass with ratings from the National Fenestration Rating Council, showing they have qualified for Energy Star status.
The Importance of Installation: Call Shelby Sash & Door to Learn More about Energy Saving Windows
One of the most important things when it comes to decreasing the energy bill in your home is your window installation. Even if a window is expensive and is as energy-efficient as it gets, a bad installation will result in high energy costs. Contractors and installers who rely on sealants and expanding foams to get the right fit may get your windows installed, but they won’t be waterproof, and can lead to issues, and loss of heat throughout the year.