Installing energy-efficient windows is a significant investment. But in the long term, it can pay for itself. It can also make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Here is what to keep in mind as you consider window replacement.
Types of Energy-Efficient Windows
There are certain window designs that are inherently more efficient than others. Here are some common ones.
· Picture Windows
These windows don’t open. That may sound strange, but they work great in some areas. Further, they come in different sizes and shapes, which allows you to get creative with your designs.
· Casement Windows
Casement windows are perfect for windy weather. They are attached to the frame by one or more hinges.
· Double-Hung Windows
This type of window has two sashes sliding vertically up and down in the frame. They can be opened wide, either from the top or the bottom.
· Slider Windows
Slider windows have at least one operating window gliding along the track. They are a modern option that gives a contemporary touch to your home.
· Stationary Windows
These types of windows do not open, but they can be customized in many shapes and angles.
Other Factors to Keep in Mind
Here are some other topics to consider as you look for energy-efficient windows.
· Insulated Glass and Gas-Filled Windows
“Insulated glass” means that the panes of the window are separated by air in the center and edges, providing greater thermal efficiency. Ultimately, a good thermal insulation glass will help you save money with low energy bills.
Gas-filled glass is another modern window technology. It seals gas between the panes of the glass. The gas used is a better insulator than air, increasing the window’s thermal value.
· Low-E Glass
You may have heard about Low-E glass. Low-E stands for low emissivity. This means the glass is coated with clear material acting to cut the transmission of rays that come from outside the house. Low-E glass also improves the thermal efficiency of the window. It helps prevent the damage caused by ultraviolet rays, and cuts glare. If you live in an area with warm weather, low-E windows can make a difference in your air conditioning bill.
Cost is one of the first factors that will jump out at you. But remember, you are making a long-term investment, so also consider quality and functionality.
· Energy Star Label
If a product has a blue Energy Star label, you can feel confident that it is energy efficient.
There are several factors to consider when looking for energy-efficient windows. Feel free to consult with one of our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. We will be happy to learn about your needs and recommend some good options for you.