Replacing your windows is one of the best investments you can make for your home. Why? Because windows play a crucial role in the energy efficiency of your home. Experts estimate that at least 70% of energy loss occurs in windows and doors, and 90% of window heat loss occurs through the glass. Higher grade glass helps lower energy bills. The type of glass in a window influences:
Window construction has improved enormously over the years, with newer windows increasing the energy efficiency of your home. With better seals around your windows, your home loses less heat, protects against cold air and improves the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system.
Low-E windows are the new standard in home energy efficiency.
Low-E windows have a thin protective coating applied to the glass. This layer reflects solar waves to protect your interior from the sun. They are best used in tandem with double or triple paned glass that is insulated with argon for added protection from UV rays. This extra layer helps protect your furniture, paint and carpet from fading. It also keeps your home from absorbing too much heat, thus keeping rooms cooler in the summer. During winter, multi-layers form a barrier from the extreme cold, helping your home stay warmer and using less heating energy.
Not only will you see a savings in your monthly costs, but you may be eligible for ‘new window’ rebates from your utility company. You may also be able to claim a deduction on your income taxes for your energy-efficient replacement windows.
In addition to the monetary savings of new windows, your home’s security will also be enhanced. Strengthened joints and sills help keep your windows from easily being pushed in, in addition, windows that have several panes are more difficult to break. If your window is accidentally broken, panes come in tempered glass which is less likely to cause jury.
Concerned about noise? Triple paned or sound control glass can help reduce street noise as well as keep inside noise private.
Many newer windows have progressive designs that assist with cleaning and maintenance. Double paned windows allow you to open and tilt the window sash, gaining you access to the window’s exterior. This makes the cleaning and maintenance of your windows a breeze. Clean windows also help energy efficient panes to perform better.
Windows and doors are infamous for being drafty, energy bill killers. Inconsistent seasonal temperatures only add to their inefficiency. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. New energy efficient windows and doors can turn your monthly utility bills into a blessing instead of a curse. In fact, replacing older windows with ENERGY STAR® certified products can save, on average, over $500 annually.
Energy efficient windows contain an insulating unit of two or three glass panes as well as Low-E overlays, Argon gas fill and other protective features that prevent the transfer of heat and cold. The following three features make energy efficient windows well worth your while.
Double or Triple Paned
Double or tripled paned windows provide an extra layer of protection against air leakage and heat transfer. They are designed to help your home maintain a consistent temperature, so the heating and air-conditioning systems don’t have to work so hard.
Low-E (Emissivity) Glaze
The protective glaze on Low-E windows protects your home by keeping heat from escaping in the winter, or invading in the summer. It also allows visible light to enter your home while protecting against harmful ultraviolet light.
Argon Gas Fill
Compared to normal air, Argon gas is extremely efficient at reflecting heat. Windows with this feature have Argon Gas compressed between the panes of glass. This helps to ensure a stable, comfortable climate in your home as well as noise reduction.
While the initial investment for energy efficient windows is slightly higher than normal windows, your return on investment will multiply over time. Utility bills will be much lower, and the comfort of your home will be dramatically increased.
Double paned windows are manufactured as a unit: a spacer surrounded by two glass panes. The space in-between is carefully sealed and filled with an insulating gas such as Argon. The intention of the gas filled spacer is to help insulate the panes and provide increased energy-efficiency for your home. Once a pane is cracked or broken, the gas has already escaped, causing the window to lose its insulating value. Other insulating benefits are lost as well, including: heat absorption, UV sunlight protection and soundproofing.
This means that the entire window section should be replaced, but not the entire unit. For example, if your unit is a double hung window unit, then it has two parts. The upper glass section, and the lower glass section. Just the section where the break occurred needs replacement. This entails replacing both panes, and re-sealing the window. Fortunately, your repair bill will be less expensive than replacing the entire unit.
If your windows are older, and you’ve noticed your energy bills increasing, you may want to invest in new, energy-efficient window. These type windows can save you several hundred dollars a year on your utility bills.
Craftsman style homes have become extremely popular among homeowners. After all, who can resist their unique architecture and historical charm. First appearing in the late 1800’s, this particular style has made a resurgence in the last twenty years. Bungalow homes are part of this style and are known for their abundance of natural light, and wood detailing. Identifiable characteristic of craftsman homes includes:
There is a large selection of window styles that will complement Craftsman homes. Deciding which looks best for your home will take a little research and time. Here are the most popular windows chosen for Craftsman style homes:
Square: Small, square windows are inviting accents and allow small shafts of light into smaller areas.
Casement: To accommodate the Craftsman style home, casement windows can be divided with grills, on the upper half.
Eyebrow: A window with a rounded top and flat bottom can accent rectangular windows or doors.
Multi-pane: Craftsman style homes commonly showcase double-hung windows with muntins dividing the upper sash into four to six sections. The lower sash remains clear to provide an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Double-hung: A popular window style with loads of character, double-hung windows are functional for style and ventilation.
While all styles can complement Craftsman homes, double Hung windows combined with awning or casement windows, can create beautiful patterns and highlights. However, staying true to the Craftsman theme is easy with the many window options available. Warm frame colors and ‘old-style’ windows will only contribute to the easy-going character of a Craftsman home.