Bettering the energy efficiency of your home does not always require a major overhaul of your appliances. Your furnace and air conditioner can be in pristine working order, but can still end up running more than they need to do to other problems, such as drafty doors or windows. If updating your home with energy efficient windows is possible, it can give your home an immediate improvement.
Your home might be losing 25-30 percent of its heating and cooling just through your old windows. Some issues that lead to that lost heating and cooling include air leaks, or worn out caulk or weatherstripping. There are ways you can keep your old windows, but also make a few adjustments that will help with efficiency.
Window treatments are cost effective options that can increase the comfort of your home. Adding blinds, curtains or drapes can reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. On the outside of your house, things like shutters, shades or awnings help shade your windows from the hot summer sun and can reduce glare.
However, if your windows are in desperate need for an upgrade, some of those options may not be enough to give you the desired energy efficiency that your home needs. When you make the decision to replace your windows, there are a couple things to keep in mind.
Choosing the right window type is an important step, because you want to be sure that your energy efficiency is the best it can be, while also considering the aesthetics that they bring to your home. Finding the right framing material, possible coatings, and the operational type of windows will all play a role in improving that efficiency.
Like many modern home upgrades, you should look for the Energy Star or NFRC labels, both of which go into detail in providing the specs and improvements that that type of window will give to your home. Also, depending on the type of climate, some types of windows may provide more advantages than others.
Lastly, to ensure the best possible energy efficiency for your home, the installation of your windows needs to be done properly. Your new windows should be installed by professional technicians, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
When all is said and done, no matter improvements you decide for your windows, the energy saved will translate into money saved. For more information on upgrading your windows, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.