Whether you’re replacing worn single pane windows or you’re constructing a new home, energy efficient window upgrades will increase your property value and help reduce monthly electricity and gas bills. In a few years the initial investment will be offset by your savings and may even pay for itself in some cases.
Upgrading your windows will not only save you money on energy but will also protect your belongings from damage and fading caused by UV sunlight. Older windows allow UV rays to penetrate your living spaces, eventually fading and deteriorating everything from paper, paint, and carpeting to fine furniture and artwork. New windows, especially those with low-emissivity coatings, significantly reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your home and will significantly extend the lifespan and quality of your valuable items.
Another benefit of energy efficient windows is improved interior comfort. They are much better insulators than traditional windows so they’ll prevent heat from escaping in the winter and hot air from penetrating your home in the summer. This makes your home feel more comfortable throughout the year.
The insulating properties of energy efficient windows also make them more durable against various weather conditions. High-quality windows are constructed from durable materials and feature tight seals to minimize drafts, moisture intrusion, and the accumulation of debris that can damage your property over time. In addition, many of these windows are designed to be low-maintenance. They are often easy to clean and have special coatings that repel dirt and stains, making them a breeze to keep looking new.
Choosing the right windows for your home depends on the climate where you live, but you can easily narrow down your options by evaluating each window’s U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SGHC). Typically, look for windows with lower numbers since they allow less solar heat to pass through them. You should also choose windows with multiple panes, nonreactive gases, and laminated glass to further improve insulating properties.
Another important consideration is the proper installation of your new energy-efficient windows. From faulty seals to glass spacers that don’t fit properly, incorrect installation will significantly decrease the efficiency of your new windows and can even lead to additional problems like condensation between panes.
The best time of year to install energy-efficient windows is during early summer when temperatures are warm enough to enable the glass and frame to be properly installed. It’s also the ideal time of year to take advantage of local rebates and federal tax credits, which can further offset the cost of your new energy-efficient windows.
If you’re ready to invest in energy efficient windows for your home, contact Northern Comfort Windows and Doors Ltd. today to learn more about the different styles and options available. We can help you choose the perfect windows for your home, and install them to maximize their benefits. You’ll enjoy lower heating and cooling costs, better insulated interiors, and reduced exposure to UV light – all while adding a beautiful, updated appearance to your home’s exterior.