How Your Windows Can Save You Money
We all want to save money where we can. One way to do this is by installing new energy efficient windows and cutting utility costs. Old windows are one of the leading causes of high utility bills. In the winter, heat escapes through through the windows resulting in your heating working overtime. In the summer, cool air escapes causing your air conditioning to work overtime. All of this leads to unnecessary spending that can be prevented with new windows.
Even though new windows can have high up front costs, they will save you money in the long run. Not only will they help reduce energy spending, but they will also increase the value of your home. The general rule is that the older your windows are, the less energy efficient they are. If it has been a while since your home’s windows have been replaced, it may be time. When making your purchase decision, the two factors you want to think about are the windows’ glazing and framing. Both make a big impact in the energy efficiency of your windows.
The glass part of the window is called glazing. In the past, windows were made up of a single pane of untreated glass, which weren’t very energy efficient. Nowadays, windows are usually made of several panes of treated glass, which is more insulating. The more panes, the more energy efficient the windows. New windows can also be specially coated to filter UV rays.
When it comes to window framing, you want to choose a material that is durable and insulating. The three most common materials are metal, wood, and synthetic material, like fiberglass. Metal framing conducts heat, so it is the least insulating choice. Wood is a good insulator, but requires regular maintenance and can be damaged if regularly wet. The most energy efficient and low maintenance option is a fiberglass, but it’s also the most expensive.
If you’re still unsure of which windows to purchase, you can always take a look at the rating. Some brands choose to have their windows tested and rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council. These numbers will break down a window’s energy performance so you can make the right choice for your home.