As we move into the heart of summer, homeowners across the country have found themselves wondering the same thing: How can I make my home more energy-efficient? If you’re one of the many looking to boost at-home efficiency, windows are one of the best places to start. Read our quick guide below to get acquainted with some of the most helpful tips and lasting benefits of an energy-efficient window installation!
Updating your windows is one of the best ways to increase your property’s energy efficiency—but it’s important to choose the right design to maximize the energy-efficient benefits. Here are four important aspects to consider:
1. Frame Material
First and foremost, you’ll have to consider the framing of your replacement windows, as the material you choose will have a big impact on how easily heat transfers into your home.
· Metal: Aluminum windows are typically the cheapest, but the metal frame conducts heat easily, making your home harder to keep cool.
· Wood: Wood windows tend to insulate relatively well, but this material also requires regular maintenance.
· Vinyl: Vinyl windows often provide superior efficiency as well as durability, as the material insulates heat and resists UV damage.
2. Glass type
Another important feature of an energy-efficient window installation is the glass package. These days, replacement windows come in a huge variety of glass styles, ranging from very basic single pane glass to double- and even triple-paned glass packages. Additional layers, such as low-e coatings, can deliver even greater insulation and efficiency.
3. Additional Features
Beyond the frame and glass, windows can be made more energy-efficient with special features like gas fills and insulating spacers. Here at West Shore Home, for example, our replacement windows come with argon gas chambers and INNERGY thermal reinforcements. These elements work together with the framing and glass design for a better-sealed, more insulating window installation.
4. Window Type
This consideration touches on both aesthetics and efficiency. While you should ultimately choose a window installation that you like, you should also keep in mind that different window styles tend to offer different levels of efficiency:
· Hinged windows—like casements, awnings, and hoppers—are generally the most efficient because the sash presses firmly against the frame.
· Sliding windows tend to be slightly less efficient because it’s easier for air to leak in and out of the space between the sash and frame.
· Picture windows are highly efficient because they do not open. As long as they are installed correctly, their weathertight seal will remain permanently.
Get a Free Quote for Custom Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows
Choosing energy-efficient replacement windows is a great way to beat the heat and save money on A/C this summer, but the ideal design—one that’s both efficient and cost-effective—will depend on your home’s unique characteristics. To get the window installation that’s right for you, contact West Shore Home today!
We offer a huge selection of energy-efficient replacement windows, and our trained full-time remodelers can personalize your window installation until it’s perfect. From expansive bay windows to compact awnings, all of our replacement windows save energy thanks to features like low-e glazing and ENERGY STAR-certified glass. Get started with your cost-saving window design by calling or filling out our online form now.