Rising costs and depleting energy resources have impressed upon every homeowner the necessity of energy efficiency. Thanks to technology, switching to products engineered for optimal energy performance does not have to be a difficult process – especially where windows are concerned. Today, you can choose among various window products designed for:
Glazing and framing are critical to the energy efficiency of the entire window unit. In fact, aside from installation, these are the two things that dictate how well the windows are able to curb energy wastage.
We should understand that improved energy performance also means better overall functionality. Composite frames, for instance, are equipped to handle extreme temperature changes – which also means a lower potential for warping, rotting, and other signs of physical damage.
You should also expect energy efficient frames and glazing to be durable. Better structural integrity means that they’ll last longer, even under constant exposure to the elements. Moreover, green window components require minimal maintenance.
According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, installing energy efficient windows in a new house can help you save as much as 26% on heating costs, if you live in a cold region. Energy efficient windows in an existing home, on the other hand, can net around 15 to 16% savings on heating costs.
In a hot region, low emissivity glazing with thermally improved non-metal frames in a new house can curb cooling costs by up to 43%. And when you put the same type of windows in an existing house, you can look forward to as much as 37% savings on air conditioning expenses.
Expect better ventilation and much more efficient use of daylight in your home. Besides this, energy-efficient windows can reduce the formation of condensation on the panes – which in turn means that you’re less likely to suffer damage to your interiors by preventing the growth of mold. They have tighter seals that can also help bring down the possibility of air leakage.
Have we piqued your interest yet? In part two of our three-part blog, we discuss the different ways you can make your windows more energy efficient.