5 Facts You Should Know About Energy-Efficient Windows

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When it's time to replace your windows, you may be wondering if energy-efficient windows are a good option. The answer, of course, is that they are an excellent option if you can afford to replace all your windows. Check out these five facts regarding energy-efficient windows.

They Work in Many Ways

Depending on the type of energy-efficient window you choose, they actually can work in several ways to keep your energy bills low. Most energy-efficient windows have a low-E coating. This coating blocks some of the light that enters the window, but it only blocks invisible and dangerous UV rays. Many energy-efficient windows are also double paned. Double-paned glass helps because the glass inside the house never touches the air outside. Typically, the space between the panes is filled with insulating gases, which also block the transfer of heat through the panes of glass.

They Have a U-Value

If you've looked at insulating materials before, you may have heard the term R-value. This is simply a number that tells you how well the material insulates. Windows, however, do not use this term. They do use a similar term called the U-factor. Just like R-values, the higher the U-factor, the better the window will insulate your home. U-factor numbers, however, are much lower than R-values. They range from about 0.27 to 0.60. The U-factor you'll want depends on where you live (hotter regions require a higher U-factor) and the location of the window.

They're Cheapest in Summer

If you want to know the best time to purchase and install energy-efficient windows, it's summer, particularly late summer. A lot of homeowners choose to get new windows installed in early summer or just before summer to prepare for the heat. By late summer, window providers are looking for new customers, so they typically offer great deals to attract them. Another reason it's good to install windows during the summer is that there is less moisture. Moisture can make installing windows a mess because they may not fit properly, or the caulk may not set right.

There Are Multiple Frame Options

Many people are choosing vinyl-framed windows because they are extremely energy efficient but also cheap. If you get energy-efficient windows, vinyl can be a great option, but many people don't like how much vinyl looks like plastic. If you don't like vinyl, good news. It's not your only option. You can choose almost any other window frame material, including fiberglass, aluminum, and wood. Each has its own pros and cons, but they can all be built to be energy efficient. Even aluminum, which usually allows a lot of heat transfer, can become energy efficient when thermal breaks are installed.

They Increase the Value of Your Home

You are going to spend quite a bit of money on your energy-efficient windows, but the cost is worth it, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. The more expensive the windows, the more they'll increase the value of your home, but even vinyl energy-efficient windows can give you a return on investment (ROI) of about 80 percent. The only downside is that you'll want to replace all your windows to get the best ROI. Replacing all your windows is also the best way to lower your heating and cooling costs.

If your energy bills are out of control, it may be time to consider replacement windows. While they do have a high price tag, they are a great investment in your home and are a good way to lower your bills. For more information regarding energy-efficient windows, contact a provider in your area today. 

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