Money can be tight, and we understand that our clients are trying to make the most out of every dime. At Gleason Home Improvements, we proudly offer energy efficient window installation, which may cost you initially more upfront but save you in the long run.
Does Energy Efficient Window Installation Help Save Money?
Loss of heat and cool air from your home because of drafty windows is one of the main reasons why people see a rise in their energy bill. Windows in poor condition can cost you 25-30 percent more in energy costs than windows that have a higher energy efficient rating or that are newer. These are important things to consider when you are looking to buy new windows. Saving money, in the long run, is a guarantee with energy efficient window installation.
How Can I Tell That I Am Getting an Energy Efficient Window?
When you are deciding what kind of windows will be best in your home, it is important to pay attention to the EnergyStar Label on the type of windows that you are considering.
What is the EnergyStar Label?
EnergyStar was designed to help people save money and the environment by cutting down on their energy costs. In order to understand exactly what you are looking at when you are reading an EnergyStar Label, we have taken the time to break it down for you.
U-Factor refers to the amount of heat being transferred out of a window or a door. The lower the rating the lower the potential of heat escaping through your window.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the measurement of how much solar radiation is transmitted through your window or door. The lower the number the better your window is at reflecting solar radiation.
Air Leakage is measured by how much air volume your window allows to pass through. The lower the number, less likely it is for your window to suffer a draft.
This all means that the lower the numbers on the EnergyStar Label Rating, the better your windows will be at protecting your home and your bank account.
What to Look for When Choosing Energy Efficient Windows
Besides paying attention to the energy star rating it is important to consider other aspects of your home.
Location, Location, Location
Where your house is located can say a lot about what type of windows will work best for you. For example, if you live in a colder climate than you would want to invest in windows that have a gas filling and a low e-coating to ensure that your window is able to trap in heat better. For a warmer climate, you would consider a higher e-coating to allow heat to escape and cold air to pass through, keeping you and your home cool.
Not Too Hot and Not Too Cold
If you feel that you are in an area where you experience both warm and cooler temperatures, then paying attention to the EnergyStar Rating is a must. Select windows that have both a lower U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating will help you save money on your energy costs, as they are a happy medium of keeping your home warm and cool.
Get the Most Out of Your Warranty
Energy Efficient Window installation comes with a warranty that helps you, as the homeowner replace them in case of an accident, like a child throwing a baseball through the window while playing a game in the front yard. Your warranty may not cover damages from user error, so it is important to have a trained professional, like your trusted team at Gleason Home Improvements, to install your windows. This lowers the risk of accidents happening during the job and ensures that if something does happen during installation, that the warranty is still in effect.
Different variables change the way the windows are installed. Since every home is different, windows often have to be fitted to the place they are being installed into. This is to reassure that the frames snugly fit into place, allowing for the support of the window, and for protection against drafts. These are some questions to ask when deciding to install new windows in your home:
- What type of window are you installing?
- What were the materials used to build your home? Wood, masonry, brick, etc.
- What materaisl were used for the siding? Wood Siding, Vinyl, Brick, etc.
- Do your windows come with a weather barrier?
If you want to ensure that your windows are installed correctly and that you get the most bang for your buck, then turn to the window experts at Gleason Home Improvements in High Point, NC. Your windows will look great in your new home and help you save money, so you can focus those funds on more important matters, such as your family. If you would like a free estimate or have any more questions, feel free to contact us at (336) 823-6156.