When you are looking for replacement windows for your home, one of the most common concerns is finding windows that are energy efficient. Energy efficient windows can save a homeowner money on their energy bills and can also make their home a more comfortable place to be.
One of the biggest priorities of modern homeowners is the ability to both save money and reduce their carbon footprint. With the right kind of windows in your home, you can do both at the same time. Windows are not all created the same and some of them are naturally going to be better at keeping your home insulated. The more that a closed window can block or stop the transfer of hot or cold air from coming into your home from outside, the more energy efficient your home is going to be. You want to look for windows that will save you money because you are not leaking all of your cold air to the outside of your home and therefore you do not have to run your air conditioner twice as often to make up for this temperature escape. So how do you find widows that are going to be the best for you and your home at preventing loss of temperature from the inside of your home? The easiest way if going to be that you should look for windows that are Energy Star certified (more on that later) but you can also read the fine print for the windows that you are considering to make a determination. Look at things like the number of panes that a window has (the more panes, the harder it is to lose energy through the windows), the type of coating that is used to cover the glass and how many times that coating is applied as well as how the panes are filled. There are types of gasses the are usually used to fill the panes in a window that can help your home retain its energy, so be sure to check what kind your replacement windows will have. Even the type of security lock that comes with a window can effect how well it retains energy through the kind of seal that is created when the window is closed and locked.
Is the window certified by EnergyStar? If you feel overwhelmed when it comes to researching all of the different parts that are involved when it comes to manufacturing a quality window, then you can skip all of that and simply focus on windows that are Energy Star certified. Energy Star labels carry a lot of weight because it is a program that was established in combination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Any appliance, window, or other creation that is certified as Energy Star means that it has met a specific set of requirements that allows it to be considered energy efficient. This can make it a lot easier for homeowners to find windows that align with their values, but the Energy Star label can also increase the price of a particular set of windows.