What to Look for in New Windows When Maximum Energy Efficiency is a Must
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who said they didn’t want energy efficient windows but it’s not always the top priority for people buying windows. If it is your top priority, then you’ll appreciate these tips from Charles Window for finding the most energy efficient windows.
You could be losing as much as 20% of your home’s energy
Reports show that inefficient windows can be responsible for as much as 20% of a home’s energy loss. Upgrading to windows that are more energy efficient can both increase your home’s energy efficiency but it can increase the value of your home as well. If you want lower energy bills and a higher home appraisal value then new windows are a must-have.
The quick fix solution
If you’re not looking for a long-term solution and just want to see some relief today, then you may choose to either add storm windows to the windows you already have, or to add weather stripping. Either of these options can make an impact but they aren’t going to permanently solve the problem.
Learn about energy performance ratings
When you go look at windows on your own, you may wonder how you can tell a window that’s energy efficient and one that isn’t. The good news is that windows have energy performance ratings on them. You’re looking for the right choice based on the way your home is designed and the climate in which you live. The best way to get the answers you need is to either call Charles Window for a free in-home consultation or stop by our fantastic showroom.
You want fiberglass or vinyl frames
There are many options of frames out there, ranging from wood to aluminum and everything in between. However, we recommend using fiberglass or vinyl. They are designed to work specifically with the heaviest panes and glass and they also help to reduce noise. Wood and aluminum can be efficient but they have other negatives that generally lead us away from recommending them when energy efficiency is the top priority.
Ask us about spacers
There are spacers within your windows that create distance between the panes of your window to ensure you have the best airflow. When chosen correctly, spacers can help provide insulation and heat reduction. We’ll go over your options when you work with Charles Window.