This article was originally published on May 19th, 2020. It was updated on June 23rd, 2020.
Installing energy efficient windows in your house can help you save energy and reduce the monthly energy bills you pay. The windows help by sealing in cold air when it is hot outside and sealing in warm air when it is cold. Whether you are a new or existing homeowner, when choosing windows for installation or replacement, ensure you go for the most efficient windows depending on the climate of your area. Windows are said to be responsible for up to 30% of cooling and heating energy in your home; therefore, installing energy efficient windows could end up saving you quite a lot.
Your Window Style
When working on installing new windows in your home, always go for the most energy efficient windows that you can afford and make sure they work well with your area’s climate. Traditional windows have wooden frames that are not the most efficient when it comes to retaining or losing energy during hot and cold seasons.
Metal framed windows are the best when it comes to energy efficiency. Always go for metal frames with a thermal break. But if you decide to go non-metal, ensure you choose a frame with thermal enhancements.
You can also consider fixed airtight windows, which area great selection. Other styles, such as hopper, casement, and awning windows, are great when it comes to energy efficiency.
How to Evaluate Your Existing Windows
If you aren’t sure how efficient your current windows are, you can check them for these aspects:
- Check the windows to see if air is leaking from around them.
- Check for old weather strips, or aging caulk (especially on double hang windows).
- Check for tint or other treatments that may be wearing out.
Tips to Consider When Selecting Windows
When you decide to upgrade to energy efficient windows, consider the guidelines below when choosing the perfect windows for your home:
- Always look for Energy Star labelled windows.
- Always choose windows with Low-E coatings that are gas-filled if you live in colder climates to reduce heat loss.
- If you live in hot climates, always consider windows with coatings to reduce heat gains.
- If you live in warm climates, always go for the low solar heat coefficient windows to reduce the amount of solar radiation energy that is absorbed into your home.
- In cold climates, go for windows with a low u-factor to reduce heat from being lost.
Get an Expert Opinion
Recommended energy efficient windows vary from place to place, so always talk with your local window professional to recommend the best windows for your house. To ensure that your new windows are correctly installed, get a trained professional to do it.
Window installation processes vary depending on the material used to construct your house, the type of window being installed, and the type of restrictive weather barrier put in your home. Choose a professional that will install your windows as recommended to ensure your warranty remains valid.
Find San Marcos Window Replacement Contractors
Installing energy efficient windows is a great way to save money on energy bills, help protect the environment by conserving energy, and give your home a new look. For quick, quality window repair or replacement in San Marcos, contact Divided Sky Roofing & Exteriors. We have years of experience and will be happy to get your new windows put in right away.