4 Things Needed In Energy-Efficient Windows

Posted on: 30 March 2023

With the cost of electricity rising continually, many homeowners find themselves searching for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. Windows often is the source of air escaping or entering your home, lowering the efficiency of your air conditioner. Therefore, replacing your windows is one way to save money in the long run. When window shopping, you need to look for four things to ensure you are purchasing the most efficient window.

1. Framing

The frame of your window has much to do with how well it insulates and protects from air leakage. While you are focused on curb appeal, the material you select in the framing process should assist in looks and utility costs. Wood is often desired for its low conductivity and cost. However, vinyl is the preferred material. It is more expensive than wood but offers better insulation, is easier to care for, and comes in various colors/styles.

2. Type of Glass

Energy-efficient windows will use glass that is based on your local climate and the home's location. Multiple panes improve the insulation between each pane of glass. Consult with your professional window installer about inserting argon gas between the glass to further assist in the prevention of air from escaping or entering. Finally, using glass with a coating for low-emissivity (Low-E) reflects the light and UV rays that cause damage to your window.

3. Look for Labels

When shopping for energy-efficient windows, look for the ENERGY STAR label to ensure it has been tested for peak performance. While the ENERGY STAR label ensures testing, the NFRC label states how they perform so you can compare windows during the purchasing process. It is recommended to speak to a professional about your needs, so they can assist in finding the ideal window for your home.

4. Proper Installation

Buying the most efficient window is only beneficial if it is installed correctly. Contact a professional to ensure it is leveled, properly spaced, sealed, and well-insulated. Finally, always have the window weather stripped to prevent drafts from diminishing the efficiency. When you combine this last element of window shopping, you find your home maintains curb appeal while lowering your utility costs.

Spring makeovers are generally when homeowners look to give their residences a fresh look. Before you start your renovations, consult with a professional window installer to have them check for drafts or weaknesses. This simple step helps you know how to prioritize getting your house to the highest efficiency level possible. 

For more information, contact a local window installation contractor