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Your 411 On Energy-Efficient Windows

You may have heard a lot of talk about energy efficient windows due to their rising popularity. You may even be considering them for your own home, but want to know more before making the investment.

If you’re amongst that group, we’re taking a look at everything you need to know before making your decision.

Quick Facts:

  • If your windows are more than 15 years old, you’re likely in need of an upgrade.High energy bills and draftiness are surefire signs it’s time to invest.
  • Homeowners who invested in energy-efficient windows gave a Joy Score of 9.4 after the project was complete (with 10 being the highest rating).

Benefits of Energy Efficient-Windows:

  • Energy Cost Savings. Savings on your next energy bill can be as high as 11 to 24% during warmer months and 7 to 31% during the winter months.
  • Great return on your investment. 80% of the cost of energy-efficient windows will be added to the value of your home. In other words, if you decide to sell your house, it will be worth $12,000 more.
  • Increased Comfort. Drafts are eliminated with energy-efficient windows.
  • Increased Light. Energy-efficient windows don’t require tinting, meaning that visible light is increased.
  • Protection of Furniture. Furniture, art work, carpets and fabric will be protected from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause fading over time.

Things to Consider When Purchasing:

To ensure that your windows are as energy efficient as possible, look for the following:

  • Certified by Energy Star. This will help you get the most value for your money. Remember: although the most energy-efficient windows are generally the most expensive, choosing windows that are certified by Energy Star is an easy way to make the call between price and energy-efficiency.
  • ‘Low-E windows.’ Low-E windows means low emissivity. A thin film coating has been applied, which is the ability to reflect heat instead of absorb it.
  • Gas Fills. This means that argon or krypton gas has been pumped inside the windows to improve heat insulation and slow the transfer of heat.
  • Consider Frame Materials. Fiberglass frames are typically the most superior in terms of thermal performance compared to that of wood or vinyl. In addition, they are more stable and require less maintenance. Wood or vinyl is the second best choice, but contract and expand with fluctuations in temperature.

Energy-efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves. Contact our team of professionals to choose the best fit for your home!

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