Nowadays, homeowners are constantly looking for ways to keep their monthly energy bills as low as possible. There are a bevy of ways to accomplish this, such as installing energy-efficient roofs, reinforcing your home’s insulation and even regularly maintaining your HVAC system. However, while all of these are acceptable methods, there is one method that you should never overlook: energy-efficient windows.
Most homeowners tend to overlook the frame material when they’re planning to install energy-efficient windows in their homes, but this is something that one should never do. When it comes to frames, you have a variety of choices, such as vinyl, aluminum, wood and even composite. Each framing material has a different rate of heat transfer, but experts recommend that you choose a wood, composite or vinyl window replacement over aluminum as they have better resistance to heat transfer.
ENERGY STAR® Label and Rating
The ENERGY STAR® label is another thing you need to look for when picking a new window for your home. However, it’s not exactly as simple as that. In fact, you also need to look for the window’s specific U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), two performance ratings that determine if a unit is ideal for a certain area. Generally, however, when you’re looking at these ratings, make sure to buy a window that has the lowest numbers to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
When it comes to window glass, make sure to choose one that is designed for climate of your area to efficiently lower your heating and cooling costs. For optimal energy efficiency, look for windows with low-emissivity (low-E) coatings. Low-E windows are great because they can help you reduce energy losses by 30% to 50%.
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