Energy-efficient windows are an important consideration for all homeowners, especially those who are trying to cut energy costs and be more environmentally friendly. But going green is about way more than saving energy and protecting the environment— it’s about saving green, too. While many people don’t even think about it, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that as much as one-third of the average home’s energy loss occurs through windows and doors. When you think about how much you spend on energy every year, that can stack up to some serious cash!
The good news is that you don’t have to go out and spend thousands of dollars on new energy-efficient windows to reap some of the benefits. While that is one of the options and the more practical choice for older homes with outdated windows, you can also update your existing windows to improve energy efficiency.
Updating Existing Windows
Assuming your windows are in good condition, there are several things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home. One of the easiest is to remove old caulk and replace it with new caulk, which is fairly easy to do and can actually make a significant difference. You may also want to look into new weatherstripping to help weatherproof your windows, which is another easy project you can likely complete without professional help. Energy-efficient window treatments and coverings are great options that come at a relatively inexpensive cost. You can also add exterior shading and protection, such as awnings, exterior blinds, or overhangs. As you can see, there are multiple ways to make your existing windows more energy efficient without replacing them completely. So, don’t be afraid to explore these options before you move to the somewhat daunting task of replacing your home’s windows.
Upgrading to Energy-Efficient Windows
Think it may be time to replace your old windows with new, energy-efficient ones? As a general rule, most professionals agree that quality windows should last between 15 and 25 years before you think about replacing them, but this depends on a number of factors. If you’re not sure whether your windows need to be replaced or not, take a look at these 5 signs it’s time to replace your windows. You can also contact us to schedule a free inspection. We’ll be happy to help you determine the health of your windows and the best course of action for your needs and budget.
Once you’ve established new windows as the best course of action for your home, there are several things you need to consider. There are a lot of options out there and finding the best one for your needs should be your first priority. Just remember, windows are an investment, and you get what you pay for, so it’s not really the place to save a buck or two at the expense of your home’s long-term health. That’s just our opinion, though. At Clarity, we carry high-quality energy-efficient windows that last a lifetime, backed by the most extensive warranty in the industry.
A Few Tips for Selecting Windows
2. Consider gas-filled or insulated windows with low-E coatings. These technologies will help to reduce heat loss/gain, leading to a more comfortable home during months with harsher weather.
3. Choose windows with a low U-factor, which allows for better thermal resistance. U-factor is the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow, and it’s especially beneficial in colder climates and areas with harsh winters.
4. Keep an eye out for windows with a low solar heat gain coefficient, also known as SHGC. SHGC is a measurement of how solar radiation filters through a window, and it helps to reduce heat gain in warmer climates.
5. Choose a frame that is foam injected with insulation to help with your energy savings.
6. Check the air infiltration numbers. What is the quality of weatherstripping in the window you are looking at? Ask yourself, will it keep the dirt and pollen out of your home?
If you want the best of the best, select windows that incorporate all of these above specifications. They may be a little on the pricier side, but you’d be astounded at the noticeable difference they will make in how your home feels, and how much you put toward energy bills every month.
When it comes to buying new windows, installation is one of the most important aspects. Even the most energy-efficient windows can be ineffective without the proper installation. It may almost go without saying, but we recommend hiring trained professionals for this job. While installation can vary based on the type of windows, the construction of the house, and a number of other factors, professionals will know how to fit the installation to your home’s needs, ensuring maximum efficiency and longevity.
There’s a lot of information out there about windows, and we understand it can be overwhelming, especially considering it’s such a big investment. These tips should help you get started on your journey to a more energy-efficient home. However, if you need help or just want to talk to someone about your options, feel free to call us at 817-410-7272, or stop by our showroom located in Southlake, Texas. Customer service has always been our biggest priority, and we’ll go out of our way to make sure you have everything you need to make informed decisions about your home.