You will likely have to seek out replacement windows at some point in your lifetime. Fortunately, this is an opportunity to invest in a high-quality product that can add a number of benefits to your home. Unfortunately, there are many factors that go into the construction of an energy-efficient window, making it difficult for the average homeowner to determine what’s really important and what’s just marketing. Read on to learn the main features you should be looking for as you shop for your new windows.
What Makes a Window Energy Efficient?
All windows are not made equal. Different frames, glass packages, and the skill behind the installation will all influence the performance of a window. Plus, window manufacturers are constantly developing new methods to improve the energy efficiency of their windows. Here are a few features you should look for when shopping around for energy-efficient replacement windows:
You want a window frame that’s durable and weather resistant. Why are vinyl windows the most common type of window for both new construction and replacements? They manage to be very budget-friendly while still offering effective insulation. Additionally, they require significantly less upkeep than wood windows. Fiberglass and aluminum are also popular materials used in energy-efficient window construction. No matter the material you choose for your new windows, make sure it’s installed by trained technicians who can fit and seal the window perfectly.
Treated Window Glass
A lot of modern vinyl windows are manufactured with a low-emissivity (or “Low-E”) coating bonded to the glass. This is a nearly invisible layer that helps to block UV rays and reflect heat away. As a result, you and your family will be protected and comfortable while still enjoying the presence of natural light in your home.
Single-pane windows are the most affordable option on the market, but they’re not the most effective at insulating your home. Nowadays, more and more homeowners are choosing to install double- or even triple-paned windows in their homes. The more panes a window has, the more layers there are between you and the elements, keeping heated or cooled air inside and the summer heat or winter chill out. As a bonus, multi-paned glass adds to your home security.
Inert Gas Fills
Many multi-pane windows also feature a dense inert gas such as argon or krypton between panes. This serves to add yet another layer of insulation between the interior of your home and the outside environment. Over the course of many years, the harmless gas escapes and is replaced by air, but it’s still a worthwhile investment if replacement windows with this feature are available to you.
An energy-efficient window is only as good as its installation. You can have multiple layers of glass, a double Low-E coating, and a sturdy frame, but if your replacement windows aren’t fitted and sealed properly, you may still experience drafts and leaking. Therefore, having well-trained installers handling your project is of the utmost importance.
In addition to all these features, you should look for ENERGY STAR® certification. This is a designation from the EPA—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—given to windows that meet or exceed energy performance standards state-to-state. ENERGY STAR-certified windows can reduce your annual heating and cooling costs by an average of 12%.
Looking for New Energy-Efficient Windows?
Even the best window will eventually reach the end of its lifespan as seals fail, the low-E coating fades, and the gas fill escapes. If you’re currently experiencing issues with your old windows, ABC Seamless of Cheyenne would be happy to outfit your home with truly energy-efficient windows. These top-of-the-line replacement windows come with all the most innovative energy-saving features, including:
- Premium, maintenance-free virgin vinyl frames
- A double glass coating for superior UV protection
- ENERGY STAR certification
Our windows are installed by our own highly trained factory-certified employees to bring you the best results. Plus, they’re covered with a comprehensive lifetime warranty on the entire window, including the glass, for unmatched peace of mind. What are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation with us today to learn how we can potentially lower your monthly energy bills!