Energy Efficient Windows: A Smart Choice for a Greener Home
April 25, 2023
As homeowners, we are always on the lookout for ways to save money and reduce our carbon footprint. These days, energy-efficient windows are becoming an increasingly popular option.
We know what you’re thinking: upgrading windows is perhaps one of the least sexy and exciting projects you can take on when there’s a whole world of HGTV inspiration out there but stick with us: this one upgrade could make a *major* difference in how much you pay on your monthly energy bills, and what’s sexier than extra money in the bank?
These windows are designed to minimize the amount of energy that is lost through them, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills and a more sustainable home. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at energy-efficient windows and explore why they are such a smart choice for homeowners.
What are Energy Efficient Windows?
Energy-efficient windows are designed to reduce the amount of energy that is lost through them. This is achieved through the use of advanced materials and construction techniques that help to insulate the window and prevent heat transfer. Some of the key features of energy-efficient windows include:
Multiple Panes: Energy-efficient windows typically have two or three panes of glass, which helps to insulate the window and reduce heat transfer.
Low-E Coatings: Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings are a type of thin, transparent coating that is applied to the surface of the glass. These coatings help to reduce the amount of heat that is transferred through the window, while still allowing visible light to pass through.
Gas Fills: Some energy-efficient windows are filled with gases such as argon or krypton, which are more effective insulators than air.
Insulated Frames: The frames of energy-efficient windows are also designed to minimize heat transfer. They are typically made from materials such as vinyl, fiberglass, or wood, which have a low thermal conductivity.
Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows
There are many benefits to installing energy-efficient windows in your home, including:
Lower Energy Bills (our favorite!): Energy-efficient windows can significantly reduce the amount of energy that is needed to heat and cool your home. This can result in lower energy bills, which can save you money over time.
Increased Comfort: Because energy-efficient windows help to keep your home at a more consistent temperature, they can help to increase your overall comfort level.
Reduced Noise: Energy-efficient windows can also help to reduce outside noise, making your home a quieter and more peaceful place. Better zzz’s? Yes please.
Increased Home Value: Installing energy-efficient windows can increase the value of your home, as they are a desirable feature for many homebuyers.
Choosing Energy Efficient Windows
Chances are, if you’re doing an upgrade as major as replacing all your home’s windows, you’ll want to work with a contractor rather than DIY-ing, but there are a few things to know when you start the chat. When choosing energy-efficient windows for your home, there are several factors to consider, including:
U-Factor: The U-factor measures how well the window insulates. The lower the U-factor, the more energy-efficient the window.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC measures how much heat from the sun is transmitted through the window. A lower SHGC is desirable in hot climates, while a higher SHGC may be better in cooler climates.
Visible Transmittance (VT): The VT measures how much light passes through the window. A higher VT means more light, while a lower VT means less.
Air Leakage: Air leakage measures how much air passes through the window. A lower air leakage rate is more energy-efficient.
Frame Material: The material of the frame can also impact energy efficiency. Vinyl and fiberglass frames are typically more energy-efficient than wood frames.
Energy-efficient windows are a smart choice for homeowners who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. (And who doesn’t?) These windows are designed to minimize the amount of energy that is lost through them, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills and a more sustainable home.
When choosing energy-efficient windows, it’s important to consider factors such as the U-factor, SHGC, VT, air leakage, and frame material. With the right energy-efficient windows, you can enjoy a more comfortable, quiet, and eco-friendly home.
What we see through our window? A bright future for you and your energy bills.
Katie is an award-winning journalist and digital strategist with more than 10 years of experience in print and digital media and a passion for the environment and fighting climate change.
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