Your home’s windows are not only a major element contributing to your home’s curb appeal, but they also contribute to your home’s safety and comfort. Beautiful windows allow natural light to flood into your home making it warm and inviting, and they protect your family and possessions from the elements.
Your home’s windows are also an important part of your energy use. Tight efficient windows can help you to use less energy to heat and cool your home making them one of the most sustainable home improvements you can make.
Here at Truwin, we believe that an educated homeowner is a happy one. We work to keep our customers informed and try to educate them about the benefits of upgrading their homes with better windows, doors, and siding to make them more energy-efficient, comfortable, and increase their curb appeal and value.
In this post, we’re going to look at six interesting facts you should know before you replace your home’s windows.
Inefficient Windows Can Cost You Big Money!
According to the US Department of Energy, leaky, inefficient windows are responsible for around 25% of your monthly energy consumption. This is a staggering amount! Replacing your leaky, old, inefficient windows with double-pane replacement windows can immediately save you money, and increase your family’s sustainability by cutting your energy use significantly.
Double Pane Windows are a Smart Choice
If you live in an older home with single-pane windows, replacing them with double-glazing technology can improve your energy efficiency. Double-glazed windows consist of two separate panes of glass that separated. The space between them is filled with an inert gas. This type of windows systems can reduce the transfer of hot or cold air, into and out of your home. That means in the summer you’ll spend less money cooling your home, and in winter, the heat will stay inside your home reducing your energy costs. To improve energy efficiency, even more, consider adding a Low-E coating.
Low-E Coating Improves Efficiency Without Reducing Light
Low-E coating is a thin, nearly invisible metallic coat that protects your home from infrared and ultraviolet rays that produce heat, and solar damage. With Low-E windows fabrics and carpets won’t fade and furniture will look better for longer. Low-E coating lets in 95% of visible light, so you won’t even notice that it’s there!
Double Pane Windows Can Reduce Outside Noise
While the double glass and argon construction of replacement windows is meant to improve energy efficiency, they also offer excellent acoustic insulation as well. Noise pollution can interfere with your sleep and is disruptive. Double pane insulated windows will keep your home comfortable in more ways than one!
Every Window Has A Specific Function and Benefit
Some window styles promote ventilation, and some focus on letting in the most natural light. Pick the right window based on where they will be installed and the function you’re seeking. For example, after fixed pane types like archtop and picture windows, casement windows register the least amount of air leakage. On closing, their sashes press against the frame tightly creating a remarkable air and watertight seal. If you’re not sure which window style is the right one for you, speak with your window specialist they can help you choose the features and options you need for maximum functionality and the perfect style to match your home.
Window Installation is a Critical Factor in Energy Efficiency
You can purchase the most energy-efficient windows on the market, but if they’re not installed properly they can actually lower your home’s energy efficiency. Replacement windows are not a “do-it-yourself” project. Make sure to have your home’s replacement windows professionally installed for maximum energy efficiency and beauty! Do it right the first time and you’ll enjoy years of beauty and lowered energy costs.
Your home’s windows are a reflection of your personal style and the key to energy efficiency. With so many options to choose from like color, grid, and hardware, with a little bit of work, you’ll find the perfect window to match your home’s style and your family’s needs.
Work with a window professional when replacing your home’s windows. They can help you to choose the perfect replacement windows for your location. Professional installation and proper maintenance can help make sure that your windows will last for up to 20 years of uninterrupted service. The right replacement windows will up your home’s curb appeal, lower your energy costs and add tremendous value and quality of life for your entire family.