Nowadays, when homeowners think about windows there’s more to consider than just window treatments. It’s no secret that every day, more and more Americans realize the importance of being energy conscious — but did you know that upgrading your home with energy-efficient windows can reduce your carbon footprint, as well as your energy bills?
Choosing the Right Frame.
There are various types of materials to choose from when it comes to your window frames. The question is, which one’s right for you? Each material has its own list of pros and cons:
- Aluminum: Aluminum window frames are practical for damp climates, but they don’t provide much insulation. They won’t rot, but aluminum conducts heat in the summer and loses heat in the winter. This can inflate your energy bill.
- Wood: Wood window frames offer the best insulation, however, they also require the most upkeep. This is due to the potential for rot. If you live in a particularly humid or rainy climate, wood may not be the best choice for you.
- Vinyl: While vinyl is a less expensive window frame material, it should not be considered “cheap.” With insulated glass and tight construction, vinyl window frames reduce air leakage. When installed properly, this can be a very budget-friendly option that’s still energy-efficient.
- Wood-Clad: Want the best of both worlds? Wood-clad window frames utilize an easily maintained exterior, like vinyl or aluminum, that encase a temperature-transfer-resistant wood interior.
What About the Glass?
In addition to the window frame material, the window pane itself is also an integral part of installing energy-efficient windows. Don’t be fooled by all the buzzwords out there — a double-paned window with low-E glass and a vacuum sealed argon fill should do the trick. This provides ample insulation and will help slash your energy bills.
Is It Energy Efficient?
Not all windows are created equal.
- Double-Hung Windows: A traditional choice, double-hung windows can be found in homes across the country. This means the bottom slides up to open. The top can also slide down to open, in order to let warm air out. This type of window can be a very efficient choice, however, we don’t recommend them for extreme climate zones due to the possibility of air intrusion between sliders.
- Casement Windows: These windows utilize a crank and swing out to open. Casement windows are great for deflecting the wind. When wind blows against them, they seal themselves even tighter, preventing drafts.
- Picture Windows: Picture windows can be installed in many shapes and sizes. As we mentioned earlier, to ensure they’re efficient pay close attention to the glass type.
Is the Installation Complicated?
When it comes to upgrading your windows, you can make all of the right choices but if the materials are installed incorrectly, your potential savings will be going out the metaphorical (and literal) window. Leave it to the professionals at Fairfield County Exteriors to expertly install your new energy-efficient windows.
We’re your one-stop home improvement contractor in the greater Fairfield and New Haven. If you’re in need of professional window replacement, Fairfield County Exteriors has you covered — we’ve earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau! Contact us today for a free estimate: 203-375-9700!