Utility rates can seem unmanageably high, especially in areas prone to severe heat or cold. By utilizing energy efficient windows, you can save money on your utility bill every month with almost no additional work on your part. Unfortunately, not all energy efficient windows are created equal. When considering an update to your home’s windows, it is imperative to ask the following questions.
What Material Is the Product Made From?
There are many materials available for windows, among the choices are metal, wood and vinyl. Metal can be difficult to keep up, and in some areas, will even need regular waxing. Wood, unfortunately, invites insects and so extra care needs to be taken to avoid those uninvited guests.
The most cost saving and energy efficient choice is vinyl. Because vinyl windows are the most energy efficient, you’ll save money on both your heating and air conditioning bills. Maintaining vinyl windows is much easier than wood or metal and there are usually guarantees that come with the installation.
How Much Heat Will the Window Transfer?
A U-value is a way to measure how much heat will be conducted by and transferred through your windows. When shopping, pay attention to the U-value of the glass. If the number is low, the glass will transfer less heat, which will be a big money saver for the user. It may also be wise to invest in double-paned windows, which have an insulating middle layer preventing the escape or transfer of heat.
How Will Your Home’s Location Impact Your Window Needs?
If your home has many windows facing east or west, they will need to be insulated differently to save energy. More sun exposure means an increased need for protection against the elements, and this need only grows in places that are sunny and warm. A well-placed and energy efficient window can save on electrical use in two ways: by reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day and by keeping the temperature inside the house stable, which minimizes the need for climate control.
There are many factors to consider when deciding which window will work best for your space. For more information on which windows best suit your needs, to get a free quote, or to begin the process of purchasing and installing your new windows, contact one of our knowledgeable experts at Tri County Windows and Siding today.