If your windows are inefficient, you may use up to 30 percent more energy. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient windows can save money and improve comfort in your home. However, all replacement windows are not created equal. When shopping for replacement windows, look for these four properties to maximize energy savings.
1. Low-emissivity (Low-e) Windows
Low-emissivity windows, more commonly referred to as low-e windows, claim to reduce energy loss by as much as 50 percent. Low-e windows are coated with a special material that keeps heat in the house rather than allowing heat to pass through. As a result, you will feel warmer in the winter without needing to crank up the heat. You can also bid drafts goodbye.
Low-e windows are highly recommended for areas with chilly winters. They work well with homes that have large picture windows, enclosed porches, or sunrooms. Replacing north or east-facing windows with low-e windows conserves energy, since windows oriented in these directions tend to experience the most heat loss.
These cost more upfront than other replacement windows, but many homeowners feel like it’s worth it to get the maximum energy savings.
2. Solar Control Glass
Rooms that are flooded with sunlight benefit from solar control windows, which filter out the sun’s rays to decrease solar heat gain and prevent UV fading of furniture.
Since these windows have a light tint, there is a component of privacy protection as well. The coating is light enough that the windows still take in natural light, while blocking solar heat gain. Use these windows in home hot spots or hot climates, where you prefer not to increase natural heat gain.
3. Reflective Coating Windows
Similar to solar control windows, windows with reflective coating bounce solar energy into the atmosphere to maintain a naturally cool home while lowering cooling costs. As with solar control windows, these are recommended for hot climates. These windows have a darker tint than solar control. Homeowners with shade exposure may find their homes need supplemental light due to the darker windows.
4. Storm Windows
Storm windows are a good choice for historic homes with original glass, where homeowners may not want to replace the old windows. Modern storm windows are highly efficient, and they offer increased energy savings over older storm windows. Another relatively new option to consider is the interior storm window, which fits on the inside of the window rather than the exterior. Interior storm windows must be removed altogether to open the window, but they preserve the historic appearance of a home’s original windows.
When choosing energy-efficient windows to replace old windows, you can expect to realize a cost savings over time in the form of reduced heating and cooling costs. Invest in this project when you remodel or purchase a new home you plan to stay in for many years — you’ll reap the benefits.
When you’re ready to renovate and replace your windows, give the remodeling experts at Trinity Homes AZ a call, or visit our website to be inspired by completed projects.