Installing Energy Efficient Windows & the Benefits
Are your windows showing signs of age, with small cracks and other signs of wear and tear appearing on the surface? Then it’s high time you got those replaced with new windows.
- Increased amount of natural light: When you install new windows in your home choose some that allow more natural sunlight eliminating the need to switch on the lights during a major part of the day. Day light contributes to savings in your electric bills, not to mention, it creates a feel-good atmosphere in your home.
- Less drafts and air loss: products made of vinyl or fiberglass create an airtight barrier, preventing air cooled by air conditioning units from escaping outside your home. At the same time, these also prevent the heat from being dissipated into the cold air outside. This means your thermostat will not need to be set to lower temperatures as before, and you do not always need to run indoor heaters all night. The result? Energy efficient savings.
- Energy efficient home: Well, obviously when you are programming AC units and indoor heaters to more energy efficient settings, you will see a decrease in your electric bill. But that’s not all. Your home might just qualify for a tax credit of as much as $1500! Now, does that sound good or what?
When considering new energy efficient products make sure to look out for the following factors to maximize your savings in the long run:
- Air infiltration: This is expressed in a numerical value, and the lower the value, the better it is for your home. Preferably look for replacement windows with air leakage ratings of 0.30 or less than that.
- Heat loss: Again, the lower the numerical value assigned to the U-Factor, the better. The U-Factor is measured on a scale with values between 0.20 and 1.20. For best results, go for a window with U-Factor of around 0.40 or less.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Actually, the SHGC factor represents a measurement of how much solar heat stays trapped inside. The less this factor is, the lower you will be able to set your AC units. So, choose wisely.
- Visible Transmittance (VT): This represents how much natural light passes through a window. The higher this value is (on a scale from 0 to 1), the more natural light you will have in your home.
Choose your replacement windows wisely, in order to achieve maximum benefits from the replacement. If you are having doubts regarding selection of the perfect window, step into our showroom today, and we will show you which replacement windows will suit your home the best.